A COASTGUARD team has issued a warning to the public following a "spike" in calls to "treacherous" sandbanks in Flintshire.

Flint Coastguard Rescue Team received a call shortly before 4.30pm on Sunday reporting concerns for two children walking on the sand banks close to Flint Point.

As team was assembling at the station, a stand down message was received as both children were confirmed to be safe ashore with their parents.

David Sutton, acting station officer, said: "Over the last couple of months we have seen a spike in calls to this area.

"When the tide is out the banks of the River Dee look appealing for people to attempt to walk out across the channels.

"However these are treacherous sand banks and mud flats.

"It is easy for people to become potentially stuck in mud and/or cut off by the incoming tide.

"I would like to thank the first informants who dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard today.

"On this occasion our assistance was not needed.

"I would like to encourage all who have any concerns for the welfare of people out on the banks to ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard".