SWANAGE Coastguard Rescue Team has issued a warning after taking reports of people climbing in the area.

A statement on its website said: “We have just taken reports of people climbing at several key locations in the area.

“It is disappointing that people are failing to follow the government instructions.

“The landowners are taking steps to close car parks and areas off.

“Dorset Police have been advised and are investigating.

“The instruction is for walking, running and essential exercise from your own home which is not climbing or going out on the water on kayaks for example.

“Sadly if anything goes wrong those Individuals are putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure and at great risk. Please STOP. The British Mountaineers Council have advised all climbing activity to cease.”