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Restrictions ‘have not changed’ says chief constable

Just Regional
Apr 17, 2020 4 mins read

Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey has moved to reassure communities the force’s policing stance on the covid-19 crisis has not changed.

It comes after guidance published nationally on what constitutes essential travel during the public health lockdown received widespread commentary in news and social media.

Mr Bailey has urged the public to adhere to social distancing, stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey

He said: “I want to be absolutely clear to the communities of Norfolk that our approach to policing these restrictions has not changed.
“The guidance was shared by our partners in the criminal justice system with the aim of helping officers in making judgements on what is considered ‘reasonable’ within the new legislation. While the advice can help inform officers in their approach to incidents it is still a decision for officers based on the factors in front of them. To be clear – it does not change our policing stance.

“I want to be absolutely clear to the communities of Norfolk that our approach to policing these restrictions has not changed.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey

“The measures in place limiting people’s movements are in place to help stop the spread of this deadly virus and should not be taken lightly, especially as we move into an extended period of lockdown.

“Social distancing can only work if everyone works together and follows the advice. Of course it’s tempting to travel further afield for a walk and some fresh air but it is not essential, and the one thing we do not want to see is the public thinking it is safe to travel to beaches and beauty spots and enjoying what they have on offer. It is not safe to do this; businesses and shops remain closed and the public need to stay at home.

“Our approach to dealing with people who flout these restrictions is fair but firm; officers will continue to follow a four-step escalation process and we will engage, explain and encourage in the first instance. Enforcement will always be a last resort.

“I want to reiterate that our police style has not changed and I would urge people in our communities, the overwhelming majority of which have been adhering to the guidelines, to continue with that effort.”

Last night the government announced the lockdown would be extended for a further three weeks. These measures mean that people should only leave the house for one of the following four reasons:
• Shopping for basic necessities, such as food or medicine and as infrequent as possible
• One form of exercise a day, for example a walk, run, or cycle, alone or with members of your household
• Any medical need, or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person
• Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said: “Together we can make a difference. Never before have these six simple words been truer.

“With the weekend fast approaching it will be so tempting for people to want to risk leaving the safety of their homes and venture out and about. But the message from the government and NHS colleagues has never been clearer. Resist temptation and please Stay at Home.

“The thought of an extended lockdown may prove to be extremely difficult for so many. But we need to look after one another and above all keep as safe as possible by listening to the guidance.

The message from the government and NHS colleagues has never been clearer. Resist temptation and please Stay at Home.

Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green

“Your actions this weekend will make a difference. SOS! S: Save our NHS; O: Observe the Government Guidelines; S: Save Lives.”

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