Lancashire Police not impressed👇👇
Good morning folks,
We had just over 400 calls over the weekend about Covid-19 breaches so we wanted to give you an update on how these had been dealt with.
In total between 7am on Friday and 6am yesterday (Monday) we received 435 calls about potential breaches, many of which thankfully turned out to be within the regulations. In total 195 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued for various breaches of the regulations.
This is the sort of thing that we’ve been dealing with:
❌ A group of people from different addresses having a hot tub party at an address in Singleton;
❌ A stop-check of a vehicle in Morecambe, which revealed the driver should have been isolating at home;
❌ A gym in Preston still open to customers;
❌ A house party in Darwen with 13 people present;
❌ An anti-lockdown protest in Morecambe with several people present who were not socially-distancing;
❌ Three people from different addresses in a car in Lancaster, telling officers they had met up to get a McDonald’s;
❌ At least 10 young people playing football at Heysham High School playing field;
❌ Two families having a dinner party at an address in Lytham;
❌ Three people in a Vauxhall Corsa in Blackpool claiming they had driven to the area from Wigan to pick up a pedal cycle;
❌ A woman from Bradford who had driven to Lancaster to visit a friend and her newborn baby;
❌ Plus several other parties in various locations right across the county.
Ch Supt Sam Mackenzie, of Lancashire Police, said: “It’s clear to me that the vast majority of Lancastrians are doing their very best to support the national effort to beat Covid. I want thank them all, I am sure their efforts will save lives and hopefully shorten the hardship we are all facing.
“We have always been clear that our preference is to help people stay safe by explaining, educating, encouraging them to follow the rules. But when people tell us they understand the rules but have chosen to break them anyway, that approach clearly won’t work, which is when enforcement becomes necessary.
“We all want some normality back but we urge everybody not to become complacent now. You may not think it is a big deal to meet up with a small group of people or to get into a car with someone from another household – but we know it is possible to have the virus and not have any symptoms and by breaking the rules you are putting your own loved ones and other members of our communities at risk.
“Officers will continue to be out and about talking to people and checking the rules are being followed. If you are a key worker or have a valid reason to be out and about please do not be offended if you are spoken to.
“As I’ve said the overwhelming majority of people are following the rules and to those we say a huge ‘thankyou’. Please continue doing your bit so that we can contain the spread of the virus and keep everybody safe.”
Anybody with concerns about lockdown breaches can report them online at http://orlo.uk/NfB13 or by calling 101.