How to report to the police these weekend coronavirus lockout violations

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Police have launched an online service to notify individuals and businesses who violated government directives during the coronavirus epidemic.

Avon and Somerset police have been given additional powers to enforce government directives on COVID-19 as part of new public health regulations.

Officers have previously fined 29 people in Bristol for breaking the lock rules.

Due to the restrictions in effect due to foreclosure, people are only allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and must practice social distancing.



In addition, all retailers selling non-essential goods and other non-essential premises should now be closed.

The force has now produced an online form for people to report those who break the restrictions.

A force spokesperson said, “If you are concerned that an individual or business has broken the restrictions, report it to us using our online form.



Police patrol the streets near the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

“We will use these reports to help us paint a picture of where the offenses are occurring to inform our police patrols.”

Before this weekend, the force urged people to stay home in good weather.

The nation has been locked out for two weeks now following the Covid-19 epidemic, which left nearly 3,000 people dead in the UK.

However, some people were caught ignoring the rules, forcing Avon and Somerset Constabulary to issue 42 fixed penalty notices from April 3 to 29, including one in Bristol.

Police said examples of rule violations included “people from more than two people not belonging to the same household, people sitting outside together eating take-out food, and groups of people in cars not belonging to the same household ”.



Officers talk to dog walkers

New powers give police the power to order people to go home or disperse, and to make sure parents take steps to keep their children from breaking the rules.

If people continue to ignore officers’ instructions, they will face a fixed penalty of £ 60, which reduces to £ 30 if paid within 14 days.

Repeat offenders will see double their sentence each time they are arrested, and if they continue to refuse to comply, the police can arrest if they see fit.

Offenders who refuse to pay a fine will face the possibility of an unlimited fine from magistrates.

With the weather forecast to warm up this weekend, fears have been expressed that people will be tempted to break the restrictions and leave despite the lockout.

Councils in the Bristol area are also taking a firm stand on the application of the lockout rules.

In northern Somerset, the authority’s licensing team is working with the police to make sure local businesses comply.



Police patrol stops to speak to cyclist in Richmond Park

This week, officers from the trade standards and food safety teams served a notice on a vape shop in Weston-super-Mare.

Despite previous advice that the store should be closed to the public, the company continued its retail activities and actively encouraged customer visits via Facebook messages.

A prohibition notice has been issued, demanding that the store remain closed to customers until current government legal restrictions are lifted.

People can report to the police any person who breaks the restrictions at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/breach-of-covid-19-restrictions.

Violations can also be reported by calling the police at 101.

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