PEOPLE are being urged to avoid Sandbanks this afternoon as people flock to the beach.

BCP Council has said Sandbanks car park is now full and has been closed as a result.

Tweeting at around 12.20pm, they said: “Please avoid the peninsula and the Sandbanks / Shore Road area.”

Poole Police have said traffic is “very heavy” on Sandbanks Road.

Posting on Facebook, Poole Police said: “Car parks and side road are full, please consider your journey. Also give consideration to local resident by not blocking driveways and abandoning your cars.”

Morebus has said its number 50 service is experiencing delays of up to an hour due to "heavy traffic around Studland and the Sandbanks Ferry."