HUGE concerns have been raised over the numbers of people visiting beaches and antisocial behaviour.

Brighton and Hove City Council is urging visitors to stay away from Brighton and Hove and its seafront after droves of people hit the beaches.

Groups are not keeping to social distancing guidelines and there have been reports of adults urinating in front of children.

Passers-by also reported seeing revellers being helped away from beaches by police and paramedics after suffering from too much alcohol and sunstroke. 

It comes amid fears of a second coronavirus outbreak in the city, as guidelines for social distancing are not being met.

A spokesman for the council said: "The numbers of people visiting the city to spend time on our seafront are making physical distancing impossible and there are also reports of adults urinating in public – in front of families with small children.

"Most of our seafront public toilets are open but the sheer numbers of people means the queues for the toilets are often long."

The council is again urging residents from outside the city to stay away.

The spokesman added: "If you love Brighton and Hove, please stay away for the time being, we are too busy.

"Many people living in the city don’t have regular access to open spaces. Please make this time easier for them and help them to be able to use the city’s open spaces by not travelling to our city.

"We’re asking you to not visit Brighton and Hove unless absolutely critical -  please use parks and open spaces near to where you live."