Police have broken up numerous gatherings across England at the weekend for breaking the strict coronavirus lockdown rules.
Partygoers claim they ‘didn’t know there was a pandemic’ as police break up gatherings: Police in Hampshire said that they were called to an address in Basingstoke to stop a party with the partygoers saying that ‘they didn’t know there was a pandemic’. Hampshire Police force took to social media to tweet “Officers attended address in Basingstoke following several reports of a party at an address, and breaching lockdown guidelines. The occupants were spoken to and claimed to be unaware of the global pandemic, as they never watch the news!”
They added “#ThereAreNoWords”. In a separate incident officers from the Met Police were called to a public house on Saturday night in Dalston, east London after reports that there were people gathered inside. The officers tweeted “Reports to a pub open in #E8 On arrival a large group inside. COVID fixed penalty notice given to everyone present!”
They went on to follow their tweet with another advising members of the public to stay at home so as to protect themselves and others, with the tweet reading “Last night officers from @MPSHackney came across many people who were in breach of the COVID-19 regulations.
These regulations have been put in place to protect you and others. It doesn’t matter how creative your excuse is, if it’s not one of the reasonable excuses you risk being fined.
Please stay at home.” In yet another incident Dorset police were forced to hand out fines after a group of people drove from Coventry to Durdle Door on Lulworth, Dorset, a distance of 170 miles, “for exercise”. Dorset police branded it “totally unacceptable” and said “Our officers, including our dedicated Covid-19 patrol officers, will continue to use a ‘4 Es’ approach of escalation, where they will engage, explain and encourage people to follow the regulations.
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