Heavy police and army presence at Richmond Falls in North Yorkshire to prevent lockdown parties

North Yorkshire Police have released photos of an operation at Richmond Falls today aimed at preventing illegal gatherings.

Police will patrol Richmond Falls this weekend

The officers have been posted to the beauty spot on the River Swale after around 100 youths congregated there over the Bank Holiday weekend to drink and party. There were numerous complaints about anti-social behaviour, a large amount of litter and drug paraphernalia was left behind and two men were arrested.

To prevent a repeat of the gathering - thought to involve young people who had travelled from Teesside - police have been joined today by stewards employed by Richmondshire Council, who will confiscate alcohol from groups of youths.

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The Royal Military Police have also sent officers from Catterick Garrison to assist.

Officers at the Falls today

They've also reminded anyone visiting the Falls or other beauty spots to have a 'plan B' in case the area is crowded and parking is not available.

Last night, a man was arrested at Richmond Falls on suspicion of drink driving.

Gathering in groups from more than one household is still banned under coronavirus regulations.

Car parks elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are busy today and the National Park Authority is providing live updates on capacity. The car parks at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Malham, Stainforth and Aysgarth Falls were already full by 12pm, with Linton Falls also close to capacity.

Royal Military Police officers at Richmond Falls today