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'Targeted patrols' across Cornwall amid Covid-19 crisis

'Targeted patrols' across Cornwall amid Covid-19 crisis

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:53am 24th March 2020. (Updated at 5:55am 24th March 2020)

Police are going to be carrying out more patrols across Cornwall with immediate effect, as the UK goes into 'lockdown' amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister announced tough new measures during a press conference on Monday night, including restrictions on when we can leave our homes.

We are now only allowed outside for basic shopping, for one form of exercise a day, for a medical appointment or to help a vulnerable person.

You can also go to work but only if absolutely necessary.

Boris Johnson says we should not be meeting our friends or family members we don't live with.

The measures will be in place for at least three weeks.

Now officers from across the Duchy and Devon's force will be given new powers, along with every other force across the country.

People who don't follow the strict new guidelines could face fines.

Our force says "We each have a part to play to protect the loved ones in our communities... and by doing this we can save lives."

“Following the further measures announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we wanted to provide you with a brief update on what these measures mean for Devon and Cornwall police.

“Current legislation provides officers with powers to disperse large groups of people if necessary and to take action against anti-social behaviour and public disorder. With immediate effect we are deploying officers to undertake targeted patrols, actively encouraging people to adhere to the measures which have been put in place.

“Over the next few days, additional legislation will be made available to the Police, however I anticipate the vast majority of people within our communities will adhere to these restrictions. We each have a part to play to protect the loved ones in our communities and by doing this we can save lives. 

“As part of the Local Resilience Forum we have been working with key partners for several weeks developing plans to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. There are over 30 partner agencies in the resilience forum who, as part of the local communities themselves understand what is required and we have a range of measures in place to ensure core services are maintained for vulnerable members of the community. 

“I am confident that whilst we are working in an unchartered environment and the measures are unsettling for everyone, working together, we can all make an impact to prevent the spread of the virus and save lives.”

Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew

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