Councillor blasts motorcyclists and tourists who flocked to the Peaks at the weekend

Residents living in the Peak District are 'scared to go out and do their shopping' due to the sheer volume of tourists visiting the area, according to a Derbyshire Dales District Councillor

The national park has attracted a lot of visitors since lock down restrictions were eased earlier this month.

Peter O'Brien  says Padley Gorge near Grindleford was full of people queuing at Ice Creams vans: "It is simply impossible given the number of people to practice social distancing and of course they go back into their local communities and risk passing it (Covid-19) on.

"People who live in the villages, our residents who have been shielding for the past eight weeks are now too frightened to go out to the shops for their essential food and whatever they need."

Cllr O'Brien also told us the Hope Valley was packed with people on motorbikes yesterday: "It wasn't just the noise disturbance and speeding of the motorcyclists, they were stopping in large groups in some of the cafe's, totally unable or unwilling to practice social distancing and again, with all the potential for passing on the virus."

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