POLICE called to help search for a missing child were delayed due to illegally parked cars.

Officers from Bournemouth South Police said they struggled to access the beach at Durley Chine yesterday.

"As a result we had to shut off Durley Chine car park and traffic wardens issued tickets to every car parked illegally" said a spokesman.

"Please think about your actions before doing what is easiest for yourself. This as a result not only delayed us in searching for a missing child, but it could have been worse had fire or an ambulance been needed as there would have been no access for them to fit down.

"Please stay safe and respect the community."