'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.

By Sarah Fitton
Sunday, 10th January 2021, 5:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th January 2021, 5:42 pm

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.

"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.