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Police to step up patrols

Created on 26/03/2020 @ 13:22
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Local police officers will step up high visibility patrols across the area to clamp down on unnecessary travel and social gatherings during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The force said it is determined to dramatically reduce the amount of people still travelling and meeting socially despite the tight government restrictions.

Patrols of public spaces and tourist hot-spots have been increased, along with stop-checks of drivers, to make sure that only those who need to travel are doing so.

Roads Policing Units will work with Neighbourhood Policing Teams and colleagues in British Transport Police to ensure everyone gets the message.

“We appreciate that the situation over the last week has changed rapidly but it is vital people understand what we are doing and why,” said Roads Policing Inspector Andy Williams.
“Our main priority remains the same – keeping everyone safe. But we are calling on people across the force to help us do that.

“More people on the roads means a greater likelihood of vehicles breaking down or being involved in an accident, which puts extra strain on the emergency services.

“But these extra interactions also increase the chances of the virus spreading and putting more people’s lives in danger.”

Currently, only essential travel is permitted across the UK. This covers shopping for basic necessities such as food, daily exercise, travelling to and from work if you are an essential worker, and if you have a genuine medical need to go outside.

These measures apply to everyone, with separate advice available for individuals or households who are isolating and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded

“We need everyone to take the current government lockdown seriously if we are to protect the vulnerable and look after those key workers who are keeping the country going,” added Insp Williams.
“We would also like to thank those who are already leading by example and making sure they stay home and save lives.”

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