COASTGUARD teams joined forces with police officers to ensure the public heeded social distancing rules.

On Saturday Flint Coastguard was tasked along with Llandudno Coastguard, Holyhead, Criccieth Coastguard and Aberdovey Coastguard Rescue Teams to assist North Wales Police with a mutual aid request, as part of civil contingencies.

A spokesman said: "We were asked to provide high visibility patrols to assist with the monitoring of public gatherings.

"Flint Coastguard Rescue Team patrolled beaches and coastal hotspots between Queensferry and Pensarn.

"Although the majority of people were seen adhering to the latest government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, we did come across a couple of gatherings which were dealt with accordingly by Police Officers.

"The message is clear, stay home save lives, protect our NHS,

"Coastal Operations Area Commander (North West England and North Wales) has said in these unsettling times please only travel if you need to.

"With most beach public car parks closed, if you are coming to the beach for exercise do not drive.

"Stick to paths and routes and in a coastal incident, call 999 for the coastguard.

"Many thanks to Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre, and NWP Officers for your support today."