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Police warning over planned 'lockdown protest' in Newquay

Police warning over planned 'lockdown protest' in Newquay

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:09am 15th May 2020. (Updated at 2:03pm 15th May 2020)

Police have issued a warning about a 'lockdown protest' which is planned to take place in Newquay this weekend.

It is understood that mass gatherings are being organised across the country on Saturday, including on Fistral beach and Porth beach.

The so-called 'UK freedom movement' is campaigning against the coronavirus lockdown rules.

The events are circulating on social media and a poster seen by Pirate FM says:

"Saturday, 16th May 2020 at 12pm, join the UK freedom movement and be part of the largest mass gathering since the lockdown.

"We say no to the coronavirus bill, no to mandatory vaccines, no to the new normal and no to the unlawful lockdown.

"Bring a picnic, some music and let's have some fun and say yes to life."

But Devon and Cornwall Police are urging people not to take part, to stick to the government guidelines and to help stop the Covid-19 infection rate from rising.

It is currently against the law to gather in a group of more than two people because of the social distancing rules.

Anyone who goes against the new regulations could end up facing a fine of £100.

“Police have been made aware of planned ‘mass gathering’ events in areas across Devon and Cornwall, which are circulating locally on social media.

“Officers are reminding individuals of their responsibilities in adhering to current Government advice to stop the infection rate from rising. The Government has prohibited by law all public gatherings of more than two people, except for reasons set out in the following guidance. 

“It is vital that everyone continues to act responsibly in public places as the large majority have done. In keeping the coronavirus under control we are protecting the NHS and saving lives.

“Anyone not following the government regulations will be given advice around current social distancing measures and will be dispersed. 

“We will continue to use discretion and to engage, explain and encourage. Where necessary and only as a last resort, our officers can issue fines which the Government have increased to now start at £100.”

Devon and Cornwall Police

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