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Spike in trespass incidents amid Covid-19 lockdown

Spike in trespass incidents amid Covid-19 lockdown

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:02am 7th April 2020. (Updated at 8:14am 8th April 2020)

A warning is going out after a spike in trespassing incidents in Cornwall amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Imerys, an industrial minerals company with several sites in the Duchy, says pedestrians and people on motorbikes have been spotted at its locations.

The company says "this is clearly classed as non-essential travel" and is against the requirements to 'stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives'.

As well as people on foot, a lot of motorcycles are being brought to Imerys sites in the backs of vans, while some are being ridden to sites from local homes.

The company is working in partnership with the police to deter this activity and, where vehicles are involved, is sharing all details, registration numbers and photographic evidence with the police to enable them to take action.

That could include the seizure of vehicles or motorcycles and prosecution.

“The police are on the lookout for this activity as part of their daily routine, but this is tying up police time when they should be supporting the NHS and doing other work of greater value.

“Motorcycles are a particular problem at the moment and we have had close calls with motorcycles and heavy mobile plant and are concerned it's only a matter of time before a motorcyclist is more seriously injured.

“We have a dedicated security team covering all of our sites which respond to all security matters including all motorcycle trespass, and we will also take civil legal action as necessary.

“So please heed the advice 'Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives'.”

Spokesman for Imerys Minerals

Imerys is reminding people that regardless of coronavirus, trespass in any form on Imerys sites is prohibited.

The company’s operational quarries have significant amounts of large mobile plant operating, with the heaviest dump trucks 115 tonnes fully laden.

Non-operational sites also pose many hidden dangers such as steep drops and deep cold water.

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