M5 queues as tourists travel to West Country on 'Super Saturday'

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    People can have overnight stays for the first time in months

    Long queues have been reported on stretches on the M5 as tourists travel to our region.

    Today (4 July) is being dubbed "Super Saturday" as lockdown restrictions ease further and much of the hospitality sector reopens after over three months. 

    Devon & Cornwall Police say they are preparing for an influx of visitors to the two counties this weekend. 

    Photos on social media this morning show car parks full at service stations and traffic building on roads into the region. 

    One Twitter user posted photos at Taunton Deane Services on the M5.

    Jay Leake posted "Taunton Deane Services M5 (Southbound) at 0530 this morning! Nowhere for HGVs to park and take a break as these lot have taken over the place. The volume of traffic including caravans overnight has been worse than a bank holiday"

    Devon and Cornwall Police says the message to those living and coming to the region is clear - "come back safely and respect our communities".

    Also read: Police chief's message ahead of lockdown easing

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