Coronavirus: police establishing roadblocks on the streets to strengthen social isolation

Police are installing roadblocks on the streets to strengthen social isolation.

Agents across the country now have the power to stop cars and ask their drivers about the nature of their trips.

They can then send motorists home and issue them with a fine.

On Wednesday, a family of five from Merseyside, who arrived in North Wales for a day at the beach, was stopped by police and told to return home, according to a report from Liverpool Echo.

Devon and Cornwall police started stopping drivers who had been around breaking the rules, and North Yorkshire police also announced that they will establish roadblocks.

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A police stop has been set up in Penzance
A police stop has been set up in Penzance

So far, checkpoints have been established in Plymouth, Devon, and in various parts of Cornwall.

A total of 150 vehicles were checked in Penzance, Hayle and St Ives to find out if their trips were essential.

The response from Section D of Plymouth arrived on Twitter to share an image of their roadblock.

Agents have the power to stop drivers and inquire about the nature of their journeys
Agents have the power to stop drivers and inquire about the nature of their journeys

They tweeted: “This morning we are continuing our work with road calming measures and requests for essential travel information, now consider it the norm.

“The agents also lined up in various supermarkets to watch queue flows and social distancing.”

Mike Walker, North Yorkshire deputy chief of police, explained why the measures were taken.

He said: “The new and significant restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening clearly explain what each of us must do to save lives.

The agents also brought the cars to Devon
The agents also brought the cars to Devon

Those without good reason to be on the road will be sent home
Those without good reason to be on the road will be sent home

“The message is clear and the warning is severe. Stay home, save lives.

“These are the lives of the people we know and love. Our partners, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, grandparents.

“You may never be in such a position again where your simple actions will lead directly to saving lives.”

The force said checkpoints will not be announced and could appear anywhere at any time.

In London groups of people were divided by the police for meeting in Hyde Park.

A police car patrols Hyde Park
A police car patrols Hyde Park

The big day of the Liverpool family ended abruptly when the police stopped them on the street.

In a Facebook post, the West Conwy Coastal unit said: “The agents are out of patrol and it is good to see that most people follow government advice.

“But Inspector Daf Curry and PCSO Sara Owen spoke to a family of five who traveled from Merseyside to Llanfairfechan for a day at the beach, to warn that it was not an essential trip and to go home.”

In Somerset, the Wellington police team is telling people not to drive to places where they can exercise or walk their dogs.

Instead they have to do it near their homes.

In the same county, concern was raised about an elderly group of nursing home residents who were spotted in a minibus.

They were brought from a residential nursing home in Taunton, Somerset, Minehead.

“We assure you that we are taking our responsibilities to our residents very seriously, particularly in light of the current coronavirus epidemic,” said a nursing home spokesman.

Avon and Somerset police issued this notice regarding unnecessary travel
Avon and Somerset police issued this notice regarding unnecessary travel

“The residents concerned live together and are isolated together with the staff who also went by car.

“It was an attempt by our staff team to help residents achieve a change of scenery in a safe and controlled way after weeks of isolation from visiting friends and family indoors.

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“It was an attempt by our staff team to help residents achieve a change of scenery in a safe and controlled way after weeks of isolation from visiting friends and family indoors.

“The residents did not leave the bus for the duration of the trip and did not come into contact with people who do not live or work in the nursing home, and therefore there was no risk of infection.”

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