POLICE have had to ‘remind’ Worcestershire walkers that we are in lockdown after crowds on the Malvern Hills ‘alarmed locals.’

Worcestershire County Council’s Countryside Team and West Mercia Police had to deal with numerous reports of traffic problems and of people not observing public health restrictions.

People living close to Clent and to the Malvern Hills were reportedly ‘alarmed by what they were seeing.’

County councillor Karen May said: “It’s been really concerning to hear from residents in my local area, who were concerned about those travelling out of their way to visit the Clent and Malvern Hills this weekend.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to remind our residents to think local and to stay local when planning your daily exercise.

“I know that open air is a great relief and it improves mental health, at a time where that is really paramount, but we all need to continue play our part in keeping the county’s numbers down. Following the lockdown restrictions, is the best way we can all pull together and stop the spread of coronavirus.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of public health for Worcestershire, said: “At the moment in Worcestershire, we are starting to see our positive case numbers stabilising. This does not mean they are going down, but the rate of increase is starting to stay consistent.

"We can’t afford to be complacent now and see our good work undone.

“I understand that restrictions can be frustrating and can have a negative impact on mental health, but following the restrictions at all times really is the best way to keep Worcestershire’s case numbers down.

“Worcestershire’s parks and countryside walks have been open during lockdown but if visitors continue to disregard the rules that decision may have to be reviewed.”