FRUSTRATED The British have turned to “vigilantism” by blocking roads and confronting cyclists to dissuade them from going to the countryside to exercise during the lockout.
The National Rural Crime Network has received reports of “small-scale vigilance” from people who take the law into their own hands and confront those who they say are flouting the rules for social distancing from coronaviruses.
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Police are urging so-called vigilantes not to take the law into their own hands when it comes to enforcing the rules of social distancing.
The president of the National Rural Crime Network said that people “aggressively drive cyclists” because they fear they have traveled long distances in the countryside.
Julia Mulligan, who is also the Conservative police, fire and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire, told the Guardian that people who go to the countryside to exercise cause anxiety.
She said, “We have been vigilant on a small scale, if you will, so the communities are blocking the roads, people are aggressively driving the cyclists.
“People have made it clear that people coming from afar to enjoy our local beauty spots that are not local to them are not welcome. “
Mulligan added that people had put up signs and called cyclists, but the incidents were not criminal.
“What it does is create tension in the communities,” said the president. “And we don’t want tension – we all have to get out on the other side. “
A tourist and farmer nearly got over it after the farmer confronted the man for traveling 200 miles with his brother to pitch a tent near Llyn Cowlyd in North Wales.
People have made it clear that people coming from long distances to enjoy our local beauty spots that are not local to them are not welcome.
The British have been told that they should not leave their properties, except for essential reasons.
But there are no driving restrictions and the government has said people can leave their home for some form of exercise a day – (run, walk or bike) – alone or with members of your household .
Earlier this month, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the National College of Policing issued new advice saying people can drive for a walk in the country, but only if the walk is longer than the road.
Forces have the power to impose fines of £ 60 on those who break the lockdown rules.
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An NPCC spokesperson encouraged people to report their concerns to the police, adding:
She said, “The police and government have rightly continued to advise the public not to drive long distances in the car for exercise, and the police will exercise discretion and judgment in deciding what is and what is not “necessary” and “reasonable”. under the circumstances – be aware of the purpose of the regulation to prevent the transmission of infection. “
A government spokesperson added, “The overwhelming majority of people do the right thing by staying at home.
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“The police have the power both to encourage people and, if necessary, to apply these measures. “
The news comes as NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said that while the use of public transport has declined steadily since the start of the pandemic, there has recently been a slight increase in the use of motor vehicles and people coming out.
Speaking at Sunday’s coronavirus press conference, Powis said, “There may be a hint perhaps of a slight increase in the use of motor vehicles and, as as i said yesterday, we must make sure that this does not mean that we do not continue to comply with government instructions on social estrangement. “
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