- Sun-seekers have been urged to stay away from a beach as thousands flocked to the Dorset coast and a major incident was declared in Bournemouth.
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council said Bournemouth Beach was “stretched to the absolute hilt” on the second day of a UK heatwave.
Dorset Police said there were reports of gridlocked roads, fights and overnight camping.
People were urged to “act responsibly” as temperatures hit the mid-20s.
Traffic built up early on coast-bound roads – including Durdle Door – and people travelled to Bournemouth from as far as Birmingham.
By Thursday evening the Sandbanks peninsula was “heavily congested”, the council said, repeating its warning for people to “please stay away”.
The ferry service in Sandbanks tweeted: “Again we’re struggling to get traffic off the ferry at Poole, for now we hope to carry half loads of vehicles from Studland, but depends on the gridlock in Sandbanks tonight.”
A local resident took a photo of the lengthy queue for the Mudeford ferry as beach-goers left for the day.