THREE men from Slough breaking lockdown restrictions for a trip to the seaside prompted a cliff rescue involving more than 20 emergency workers in Dorset.

Emergency services were called to South Beach at Studland at 7.30pm last night when the men got stuck at the bottom of cliffs close to Old Harry Rocks.

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A spokesman for Purbeck police said: "The men had come from Berkshire for an outing to the seaside, had walked along the bottom of the cliffs, became cut off and had to climb up the cliff face to escape the rising tide. One managed to get to safety and help raise the alarm."

Four police cars, four police officers, one PCSO and two coastguard response teams were involved in the rescue along with a Swanage lifeboat crew and and ambulance.

The spokesman added: "Emergency workers were put at risk as a result of a trip to the beach. Please think before you travel.

"And yes, all three will receive a surprise through the post."