'You could be fined': Warning by police to sledgers at North Yorkshire village of Goathland

Police today warned people they could be fined for travelling to a Yorkshire Coast village to sledge.

North Yorkshire Police posted shared concerns on social media that people were travelling to Goathland and surrounding areas to enjoy the snow.

A message on Whitby Town Police's Facebook page read: "We are receiving reports that people are journeying to Goathland and the surrounding areas to sledge.

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"This is in contravention of the current lockdown and Government guidelines around necessary travel and the public should not attend and risk a fine."

Goathland station covered in snow. Library photo from 2017.

Under the current lockdown rules, exercise outdoors is allowed but is limited to once a day and should be "in your local area".

Goathland is famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat, and also as a stop on the popular North York Moors Railway. Its station became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.

Earlier this week two women in Derbyshire were fined £200 for alleged breaches of lockdown rules while on a walk at a remote spot around five miles from their homes in Leicestershire.