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Crackdown on holiday-let owners after hundreds are caught flouting ban amid coronavirus lockdown 

A crackdown has been launched after more than 200 holiday lets in Cornwall were found to have flouted closure orders.

Owners of properties being rented out to holidaymakers are being investigated for defying a ban amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Cornwall Council said it received around 200 reports of holiday lets remaining open, despite the Government's instructions about essential travel and social distancing.

Although most have now subsequently ceased trading, the authority has launched a crackdown on rogue operators who are continuing to flout the laws.

A crackdown has been launched after more than 200 holiday lets in Cornwall were found to have flouted closure orders. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

Owners of properties being rented out to holidaymakers are being investigated for defying a ban amid the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

Cornwall Council said it received around 200 reports of holiday lets remaining open, despite the Government's instructions about essential travel and social distancing. Pictured is a closed shop in St Ives in Cornwall

The council said that a number of Airbnb properties, two glamping sites, guest houses, a campsite, and a holiday cottage letting agency were among those still breaking the rules.

Rob Nolan, from the council, said: 'We have been following up all complaints over the weekend and continue to do so today to protect our communities and protect our NHS resources.

'Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about this matter.

The council said that a number of Airbnb properties, two glamping sites, guest houses, a campsite, and a holiday cottage letting agency were among those still breaking the rules. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

Rob Nolan, from the council, said: 'We have been following up all complaints over the weekend and continue to do so today to protect our communities and protect our NHS resources. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

'Some complaints will require further investigation over the coming days and some will also require physical visits to check and possibly to take action, but the vast majority of complaints received have revealed no non-compliance with the new laws to close certain businesses or the accommodation provider was happy to take our advice and close.

'We need everyone to stay at home so we can fight this health crisis together but our message to visitors is to please come back to Cornwall when all this is over.'

The local authority's protection team received around 200 reports from residents alleging that some holiday lets were still open to people visiting Cornwall.

The local authority's protection team received around 200 reports from residents alleging that some holiday lets were still open to people visiting Cornwall. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

The council said that after contacting the premisses they have now complied. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

Malcolm Bell, from Visit Cornwall, said: 'I pleased that almost all tourism accommodation providers are complying with the law, that said it is still very disappointing that some were found to be flouting the orders of the Government'. Pictured is St Ives in Cornwall

The council said that after contacting the premisses they have now complied.

Malcolm Bell, from Visit Cornwall, said: 'I pleased that almost all tourism accommodation providers are complying with the law, that said it is still very disappointing that some were found to be flouting the orders of the Government.

'I would like to thank Cllr Rob Nolan and the Cornwall Council staff for their investigations over the weekend and I would ask the public to keep vigilant and report any further properties that they suspect may be defying the law.

'I would also ask that people not jump to suspicions or make adverse comments online or in person to anyone they suspect, as many will still be operating to house key workers, health and care staff and the homeless - so please report, but do not jump to the wrong conclusion.' 

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