The country is set to bake in warm weather over the coming days - and police have issued a warning to the public to enjoy it responsibly.

Dorset Police has dealt with more than more than 3,000 incidents over the past two weeks alone– 20 per cent above average. This is anticipated to rise even further with the sunny weather forecast over the next few days and into the weekend.

The force is urging people to enjoy the warm weather expected in the coming days in a safe and responsible way as it steps up preparations to cope with the increased demand on its service.

Superintendent Richard Bell, the force’s commander for summer policing, said: “We have been working with partners throughout recent weeks to ensure we have a detailed plan in place to cope with the expected influx of visitors to our county during sunny spells this summer.

“We are all keen to welcome visitors to our area but we want to ensure people enjoy what Dorset has to offer in a safe, respectful and responsible manner that does not place an additional strain on all emergency services and public resources.

“We have been putting additional resources in place, including high visibility patrols at key hotspots, and this will continue throughout the summer.

“However, it may be that at times of peak demand we will have to prioritise the deployment of our officers and resources to those communities and locations which are most vulnerable, threatened or at risk of harm.

“Members of the public can help us to manage the level of demand by acting in a sensible manner and taking a moment to think before they call the police if it is not an emergency. Sadly we do get a number of nuisance or unnecessary calls into our control room and these can be a drain on our resources, particularly during busy periods.

“Clearly, if life is in danger or a crime is in progress, we would always urge people to call 999 immediately.”

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