Three Covid-19 penalty notices given to people in Salisbury

Three Covid-19 penalty notices given to people in Salisbury

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:22am 7th April 2020.

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Police have been dealing with one particular group of people on a number of occasions.

We're told Salisbury officers have 'engaged' with a 'small group of individuals' on a daily basis.

They've been 'continuing to congregate in the city centre with no valid reason', according to Wiltshire Police.

Wiltshire Police coronavirus poster April 2020
Posters are being distributed by officers calling for people to stay at home

After a group refused to move on yesterday morning (Monday 6th April), three people were given fixed penalty notices for failing to comply with the coronavirus restrictions.

Salisbury Inspector Pete Sparrow said: 

"This group represents the minority in our community as most people are heeding the restrictions put in place by the Government to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.

"My officers will continue to patrol the city centre and engage with those flouting the rules and encourage them to go home.

"Where this doesn’t happen, and it is appropriate to do so, we will enforce the restrictions as a last resort."

OFFICERS OUT ON PATROL

Police are still getting out and about in Salisbury, checking whether people are following the Covid-19 social distancing guidance.

There had also been reports over the weekend of groups of people gathering in some locations around Salisbury, like Victoria Park, Queen Elizabeth Gardens and the Ashley Road Green.

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