Fuming driver plasters angry notes on car and tries to block Covid rule-breakers

A pro-lockdown protester has caused outrage by parking their car across the entrance to a beach in order to enforce the Government's lockdown laws.

The vehicle was left overnight, obstructing access to the car park at Moreton Beach on the Wirral, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Explaining their actions, the driver stuck signs in the windows of the Vauxhall Corsa, saying: "Due to Covid lockdown," and "Please exercise near your home as per UK law – thank you".

Though rules on the government website state "stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live", the term has been open to interpretation with reports of numerous illegal beach visits.

The anonymous actions enraged local Facebook groups with one woman posting: "To the idiot who put the car across the barrier in Moreton last night / this morning… I hope you slept well and felt a sense of accomplishment.

"Your note says 'go exercise in your local area'. Well as the crow flies I am 0.3m from that car park.

"But to walk it round the estate would add 20 minutes to my journey in the morning.

"Might seem lazy, but as a front line key worker those 20 minutes in my morning are precious.

"So all you've done this morning is inconvenience lots of local people, probably trying to have a morning walk, which we are allowed to do.

"As a front line key worker myself my morning walk with my dog is the only bit of peace and joy I have had for an entire year during lockdown.

"Your little blockade and note was selfish to those people. It also would have blocked emergency vehicles. You're an idiot."

Equally incensed, another woman responded: "I too am only down the road and very local but with a four-year-old. The walk can take 30 mins and then he’s tired by the time we even get to the beach so we also drive and park here so that we can actually have a walk on the beach. What an idiot!"

News of the defiant deed quickly gained traction online and received over 200 Facebook comments with many posters rollicking the owner for their behaviour.

One person said: "What about elderly people who can't walk far but still need to let the dogs out for a run? Hopefully somebody pushes it out of the way or it gets recovered".

Merseyside Police said the car was eventually removed just after 9am on Thursday.

A spokesperson said: "We were contacted at 8.20am following reports a Vauxhall Corsa was parked on Leasowe Road in Wirral and was blocking emergency access to the beach.

"The car was removed at just after 9am and the owner was traced to his home address, spoken to and given advice."

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