Police issue ‘a number of fines’ to people breaking lockdown rules

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A number of people were turned back to their primary homes in the past week by officers after travelling to the Cotswolds from as far afield as Birmingham, Hampshire, Northamptonshire and London.

While the majority of people have been sticking to the rules, a small number have still been using the roads without good reason or taking part in public and private gatherings.

Police are asking people to continue to show patience during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

It comes as neighbourhood officers and specials made hundreds of hours of patrols around Gloucestershire last week to ensure that people were following Government guidelines.

More than 1,000 vehicles have been stopped by officers across the county during the last seven days.

Although most were for essential travel, police issued a number of fines, including a motorist driving friends from Bristol to Wales.

Police issued fines to three people, who were not from the same household, after they were found on Saturday using a quad bike in woods close to Stroud.

Officers were also called to disperse gatherings of people who had taken to swimming in lakes across Stroud, as well as a large group of young people who had gathered at a skate park in Gloucester.

Assistant chief constable Craig Holden said: “I am grateful to the public who, in most cases, are complying with the measures.

“I understand that some people are beginning to get frustrated with the lockdown, but we must continue to show patience and follow the Government guidance.

“My officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the social distancing regulations and encourage those who are out without a reasonable excuse to return home.

“It is important that we continue to act responsibly and maintain our focus on protecting the NHS and saving lives.”

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