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Police Will Stop Cars This Weekend to Check They Are Making Essential Journeys

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Police have warned people against having parties and making non-essential journeys this VE Day bank holiday weekend. And officers in Merseyside say they will break up large social gatherings and randomly stop cars to make sure they are making essential journeys. They said people ‘should not be using the bank holiday as an excuse to hold a party’ and warned they made arrests and issued fines after people ignored coronavirus lockdown rules. Chief Inspector Chris Joughin from Merseyside Police said: ‘Many thousands of people made sacrifices in order to protect us during World War II so the very least we can all do is listen to the government when they ask us to stay indoors. ‘We know that VE Day is as an opportunity to remember the people who make the ultimate sacrifice for us but we want to ensure that people still keep themselves and others safe.

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2 months ago
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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

It's sad they have to spend their time doing this. We can all celebrate the victory in Europe at home, in our garden, on our driveway or on our front doorstep. People have bunting up by me and I've seen photos of street parties online where everybody is staying in their own space but still successfully coming together to show their respect for those people who gave us freedom 75 years ago.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees2 months ago

I saw a garden party today and nobody was just in their space. They were at most a metre away from the next person 🤦‍♂️

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago
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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

MeestairChrees Since commenting earlier, I've seen pictures of stupidity online.

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ACR
ACR2 months ago

I don't believe this is the best use of police time. Especially as former senior government advisors Prof Neil Ferguson and Dr Catherine Calderwood in Scotland were caught contravening their own lockdown guidelines, but were not arrested or fined. I wonder how many more advisors and government officials are currently breaking their own rules.

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

That's totally beside the point .

Thousand of folk are ignoring the guidelines every day , doesn't matter if they are senior government advisors , Premier League footballers or the underclass from down your and my street .

The police can't stop everyone , but they can issue warnings and fine those who they do catch . In a world where many think the rules don't apply to them there has to be some deterrent no matter how weak .

Oh and the two people you pointlessly mentioned ! I think we can agree they have lost a lot more than a £60 fine !

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rararachel
rararachel2 months ago

Some of our neighbours close by are having a BBQ and there are a few people there which definitely don't live with them!

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold2 months ago

I suspect all the talk & speculation of how/when lockdown is going to end has got many feeling more relaxed. I live on a major main road that has been far busier this week & last then it was previously during lockdown. I doubt it'll be any quieter this weekend!

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Pjran
Pjran2 months ago

There was a bit of conflicting advice about traveling as long as you were exercising for longer than your journey. So people interpret that to their advantage.

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