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Devon and Cornwall's Chief Constable "will enforce the law" if latest advice ignored

Devon and Cornwall's Chief Constable "will enforce the law" if latest advice ignored

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:43pm 30th March 2020.

The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police says he will enforce tickets and, where necessary, make arrests if people in Cornwall no not heed to the Government's latest advice. 

It comes as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, brought in new powers for the police across the UK to help reduce the number of people contracting coronavirus and slowing down the rate of infection. 

The new powers include stopping cars and issuing fines for those who are found to be making non-essential journey's and dispersing of crowds who are not abiding by the social distancing guidance. 

Chief Cons. Shaun Sawyer says police are willing to talk to you and help you if you are unsure of any of the guidance. He said we police by consent and use our discretion. 

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

"The government has given us more powers, in support of our national endeavour to save the NHS, save lives, to keep us all safe.

"We police by consent and in our communities of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We’re a welcoming force. We deal with crime and criminal injustice, but this is an unseen enemy, that literally kills.

"It is essential that you stay local, stay inside, stay safe and keep your social responsibility.

"The powers the Government have given us, are as I say, a last resort. We police by consent, we use our discretion.

"For those who are unsure we will advise, we will talk to you, we will encourage you. But for the wilful few, over the days to come, if we have to enforce, we will issue tickets, and if needs be, arrest.

"Nobody wants that. If we reach that situation then we have all failed. We’ve all failed to understand the importance of this time and the essential need for all of us to keep each other safe. Thank you for your cooperation."

Chief Cons. Shaun Sawyer   

Anyone who is unsure of the latest government advice can visit the gov.uk website here.

 

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