A MUM who broke lockdown to drive 56 miles to the beach for her son’s birthday today insisted she had done nothing wrong.
Laura McGhee defiantly stood by her decision to embark on the day trip from Oldham to Merseyside at the weekend.
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Laura McGhee took her kids to the beach 56 miles away for her son’s birthdayCredit: ITV
The mum made the trip with her kids as cooped-up Brits flocked to beaches and parks to enjoy the balmy weather.
She told Good Morning Britain today she “didn’t think there was any harm” visiting the beauty spot despite the current lockdown restrictions.
Laura added: “He’s only four so I’m not doing another birthday in lockdown.”
Pointing to her kids, she added: “We’ve done it with him, we’ve done it with him, and all he wanted to do was to come to the beach and I didn’t think there was any harm.
“We drove here, we’re not around anybody, we all go to school together, we all live together. So this is what we’ve done.”
Laura defended her decisionCredit: ITV
Police turned cars away from the beach on SaturdayCredit: ITV
Laura and her family were among dozens of people who headed to Formby Beach as the sun came out this weekend.
Police were forced to turn families away after issuing several appeals for people not to travel to the beauty spot.
Around 20 people were also slapped with £200 fines for breaching Covid laws.
Community Policing Superintendent Graeme Robson laid into those who broke the rules over the weekend.
He said: “This is totally unacceptable and shows a complete disregard for the government guidance, which is in place to protect not only ourselves but others around us.
“To flagrantly flout the rules in this way is not only reckless and irresponsible, but can result in a substantial fine, as we have seen today.”
Since January 4, Brits have not been allowed to leave their home to meet socially with anyone not in their support bubble or household.
On Friday, England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam urged discipline – warning: “Don’t wreck it now.”
Cops stop drivers heading for Barry in south Wales over the weekendCredit: Wales News Service
In Portsmouth, police were seen chatting to families and friends on SundayCredit: Solent News
PCSOs and Covid marshals were also out in Brighton at the weekendCredit: Brighton Pictures