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Coronavirus: Police chief praises residents and urges responsible behaviour

By Deborah Hardiman | Wyre Forest | Crime | Published:

Residents have been praised for their efforts to minimise the spread of coronavirus by a police chief.

Anthony Bangham

But West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham added members of the public will need to take responsibility for their actions when spending more time outdoors.

He said: “We appreciate the support that the communities across West Mercia have shown during the Covid-19 lockdown, with most people abiding by the guidance and staying at home to minimise the spread of infection, requiring us to take very minimal enforcement action.

“Now we are able to spend more time outdoors, there is opportunity to see friends and family on a one to one basis.

"Each of us needs to take responsibility for doing so sensibly, safely and within the parameters set out by the Government. I am confident that the vast majority of our communities will continue to play their part and take sensible steps to keep themselves and others safe.

“We will continue to engage with the public, explaining and encouraging people in relation to the guidance and social distancing, and we will only take enforcement action where it is absolutely necessary - when there are clear breaches of the restrictions, predominantly people gathering in large groups.

“We are fortunate to have some beautiful places within our counties and many people will be glad they now have the option to make the most of them over the coming weeks.

"If you travel somewhere and it’s busy, please be sensible and go elsewhere or return at a different time. Keep in mind the purpose of the regulations and the ongoing national effort to protect the NHS and save lives.

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Challenging

“In West Mercia we police the borders with Wales, where the legislation and guidance differ to those in England. We are aware of the challenges and sensitivities this will create, and we are working with our Welsh colleagues to provide clarity and support those affected.

“Please be responsible and continue to work with us.

"We all still find ourselves in very challenging circumstances and we appreciate that the public has responded so positively to the extraordinary restrictions placed upon them.

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"Remember that if you need our help we are here for you. Thank you for your continued support.”

The force area includes covers Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Wyre Forest.

Figures show 87 fixed penalty notices for Covid breaches were issued by the force between March 27 and April 27.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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