This driver in the car below, photographed by Police, made the decision to travel over twenty miles to Lytham to buy Easter eggs. Not only was the journey not essential, but the Police found the driver to be disqualified from driving. The vehicle was seized, the driver was reported for summons. The parting comment from the driver; to the Police was, ‘I’ve got to walk now, hope you’re pleased!’
Head of Neighbourhood Policing in Lancashire, Chief Superintendent Sam Mackenzie, has announced that his colleagues will be particularly active over this Easter weekend. Police officers will ensure that the wellbeing of residents in coastal areas, such as Lytham St Annes, is not compromised by the usual influx of visitors.
This is the message he has shared:
‘Over the upcoming Easter weekend, it’s likely you will see our officers, who are there to keep you safe. Officers will be out and about across Lancashire and people should expect to see police both in towns and villages, along with popular places on the coast and inland. They will be taking a common sense and proportionate approach, speaking both to motorists and those on foot, explaining the rules and encouraging people to follow them.
Enforcement is a last resort but we will do this if we have no other option. If you are driving some distance to travel to beauty spots, you may well be turned back. Our advice is clear – please stick to the government rules and only leave the house if it’s for one of the reasons set out. By staying home you are protecting the NHS and saving lives.
The Chief Superintendent added: ‘We would like to thank to the vast majority of people in Lancashire who have been following the guidance, as you are really making a difference to our brave colleagues in the NHS and protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities. Please help us to help you by only calling us if you need the police. Think before dialling 101 and remember you can report non-emergency crimes or incidents quickly and easily via our website. Please don’t call us for advice on the government rules as the best place is on the government website: gov.uk/coronavirus.’