Humberside police officers were seen pulling drivers over to impose coronavirus blocking measures.
The first checkpoint was made on Wednesday in Scunthorpe when agents were seen stopping drivers on Ashby Road and briefly talking to them.
In another incident, Humberside police stopped a van that he suspected was collecting scrap, saying it was not an “essential trip”.
A Grimsby driver also told how he was approached by the police on Thursday evening and said he should have been home because he was not dealing with “essential affairs”.
Today there have been several reports of Scunthorpe from people who claim to have been stopped and to have asked where they were driving.
The move comes when new powers come into effect that allow the police to give people who violate fixed blocking penalty notifications of £ 60, doubling for repeated infractions. Fines will be reduced to £ 30 if paid within 14 days.
The measures are part of a virus containment strategy that requires “social distancing” and “self-isolation”.
People have only been told to make “essential” trips outside their homes to buy key food and supplies and to distribute medicine or for key workers traveling to and from work.
In North Yorkshire, police began distributing pop-up checkpoints to find out where drivers are heading.
North Yorkshire police say the move was made to ensure that motorists comply with government restrictions and that it will soon be implemented across the country.
Now the first evidence of the stops appears to have been introduced by Humberside police.
A video posted on Facebook by Scunthorpe Bhullar Bhullar’s man, who was seen by 11,000 people, showed uniformed agents dragging people near the Pods on Wednesday night and questioning the drivers.
People who have commented on the video since then said they were stopped at home by supermarkets.
A woman, who preferred not to give her name, said that she had been asked where she was going on her way out of the house.
The resident of the Via Romana said: “Two officers have just said ‘excuse me, can we ask where are you going please?’.
“I clearly had the supermarket bags in my hand, I thought it would be pretty obvious, but I told them where I was going.”
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The woman added that she hadn’t left her home for over a week and that she needed to take some essentials.
In the accident involving the van, the Humberside police road unit said it had not embarked on an “essential journey”. It also turned out that he had no MOT or insurance and the van was seized and the driver reported.
Humberside police said they were unable to comment on individual incidents.
On their website, however, they claim that they are imposing “new powers” that will be used if people endanger the community.
Humberside Chief Police Officer Lee Freeman said officers and staff will continue to work with communities to help them do the right thing in the coming days and weeks.
However, current and future legislation that will be passed this week means that force will impose new government rules if needed.
Freeman said: “The government announcement to move from guidelines to rules means that police activities have a role to play in engaging with communities, as well as enforcing social distances and social isolation if members of the public fail to follow what is asked of them.
“While we await more details on the new legislation that will be approved this week, our approach will be to continue to engage and advise anyone who is not following the rules. These rules are here to save lives and protect the NHS ‘ability to treat people. with COVID 19 and other acute conditions. It is essential to ensure that this happens.
“If, after all our advice, commitments and instructions, some people continue to put others at risk, we will use our powers under dispersion order legislation, issue fixed criminal warnings and ultimately consider prosecutions. to save lives. These options will allow it to become available in the coming days.
“However, our goal is not to criminalize anyone and I am optimistic that everyone is beginning to understand the emerging risks and how they can help reduce the spread of the virus by following the rules announced last night.
“So, I ask all the people of Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire to do the right thing and adhere to government guidelines.
“In this way, we will not need to use the powers at our disposal, unless there is an exceptional need, and my police officers and police personnel can continue to focus on the protection of the vulnerable and the safety of people” .