Mum who drove 56 miles to beach for son's 4th birthday during lockdown insisted she's 'not doing any harm'

A MUM who broke lockdown to drive 56 miles to the beach for her son's birthday today insisted she had done nothing wrong.

Defiant Laura McGhee stood by her decision to embark on the day trip from Oldham to Merseyside at the weekend.

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The mum made the trip with her kids as cooped-up Brits flocked to beaches and parks to enjoy the balmy weather.

She told Good Morning Britain today she "didn't think there was any harm" visiting the beauty spot despite the current lockdown restrictions.

Laura added: "He’s only four so I’m not doing another birthday in lockdown."

Pointing to her kids, she added: “We’ve done it with him, we’ve done it with him, and all he wanted to do was to come to the beach and I didn’t think there was any harm.

“We drove here, we’re not around anybody, we all go to school together, we all live together. So this is what we’ve done."

Laura and her family were among dozens of people who headed to Formby Beach as the sun came out this weekend.

Police were forced to turn families away after issuing several appeals for people not to travel to the beauty spot.

Around 20 people were also slapped with £200 fines for breaching Covid laws.

Community Policing Superintendent Graeme Robson laid into those who broke the rules over the weekend.

He said: “This is totally unacceptable and shows a complete disregard for the government guidance, which is in place to protect not only ourselves but others around us.

“To flagrantly flout the rules in this way is not only reckless and irresponsible, but can result in a substantial fine, as we have seen today.”

Elsewhere at the weekend, police set up Covid checkpoints to catch lockdown flouters as thousands hit parks and beaches to soak up the sun.

Since January 4, Brits have not been allowed to leave their home to meet socially with anyone not in their support bubble or household.

On Friday, England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam urged discipline – warning: "Don't wreck it now."

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