The POLICE deleted a Facebook post after conflicting messages about driving to places of beauty.
The force turned around on its decision to publish photos of leaflets that were pinned to the windows of cars parked in Faringdon.
The flyers asked the drivers, “Why are you here today? Before explaining that “government restrictions do not allow people to drive for exercise.”
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But there is a gray area on driving in Boris Johnson’s lockout rules, which only allow citizens to go out for an hour a day.
People are also allowed to go out for “very limited purposes”, such as going to work if they cannot do it at home, or shopping for essential supplies.
New powers have been given to the police to fine or arrest those who break the rules.
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Now Thames Valley police have removed the post, which was downloaded by a “well-meaning” officer because it “was not an approved message.”
In an article now deleted, the Thames Valley South Oxon and Vale of White Horse police team said, “On behalf of Faringdon NHPT, we will be on regular patrols around local beauty spots and will be placing this information brochure on vehicles to encourage members of the public to comply with government restrictions on leaving your home. Thank you for your understanding and your patience on this matter. “
The notices added, “Government restrictions currently in place do not allow you to use your vehicle to travel to this location for exercise.
“Each of us has been instructed to avoid unnecessary travel. You have the right to exercise once a day. It should be walking, running or biking, etc. from your personal address. You should not drive to a location far from your home to perform this operation.
“Please refrain from unnecessary travel until the restrictions imposed on all of us to fight the coronavirus pandemic are lifted. We appreciate your cooperation right now. “
A Thames Valley police spokesperson said, “The reason this position was removed is that it was not part of Thames Valley police policy.
But at TVP, the officers were told to use their “common sense.”
He said, “This was a well-intentioned post from a staff member on the Faringdon team, but it was not an approved message, so the decision was made to delete it to avoid any misunderstanding. These are new guidelines, and the Thames Valley police have been greatly encouraged by the response of the local community in these difficult times and wish to thank the public. “