Covid-19: Police conduct checks on drivers in Salisbury

Covid-19: Police conduct checks on drivers in Salisbury

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 7:37am 27th March 2020.

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Officers were checking people had valid reasons for being out as the government continues to push the message to 'stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.'

Checkpoints were set up on several of the city's A roads last night (26th March) including Southampton Road.

PS Dave Whitby from Salisbury Community Police Team said most drivers were adhering to the rules.

‘We conducted checkpoints on several of the A roads leading into the city between 2130-2330 Hrs and as we predicted the vast majority of people we spoke to were heading to or from work of an essential nature, but a few people had a slightly different understanding to us of what essential means.

At this stage we are offering advice regarding the Government guidance and trying to identify if people are traveling out of desperation and if so what we can do to help. All the supermarkets are shut at 2200 Hrs so really it should only be people in essential roles on the roads after this time."


You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

The government is clear that people that break the rules could be fined.


Officers also dealt with a number of incidents of alcohol fuelled, anti-social-behaviour and reports of people congregating in groups in Salisbury together last night.

PS Whitby says this behaviour will not be tolerated.

"It is clear that some people are operating under the perception that we will not make arrests or take enforcement action, however this is not the case. Whilst arrest still remains one of our last options, our custody suite is open and available to us, along with a range of out of court fines etc. Drunken and anti-social behaviour is not helpful to anyone at this time and we will take a tough stance on people who cause issues for the wider community."


Wiltshire Police also stress high visibility patrols of retail and industrial sites will be carried out to deter thieves. 

We're being told to expect to see officers on foot and mobile patrol around closed business premises both in the city and the wider rural area.


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