A picturesque blue lagoon in the lake district that attracted tourists to the Peak District went completely black after the police unloaded the dye inside it to stop Instagrammers posing for shots amid the coronavirus blockade.
The photos show that the once idyllic pool in a former Harpur Hill quarry, Buxton, has become a miserable black man.
Police from Derbyshire, who tracked dog walkers and hikers across the hills with drones last week, said he took action after he was told that people had continued to gather near the edge of the lake.
In a Facebook post, Buxton’s safest neighborhood police team said: ‘Without a doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the good weather (for once) in Buxton. However, the position is dangerous and this type of meeting is contrary to the current instructions of the United Kingdom government.
“With that in mind, we attended the site this morning and used water dye to make the water less attractive.”
It is feared that the officers’ decision may backfire and make the position even more tempting for Instagrammers who wish to capture unusual shots.
It comes after the same police force was accused of exaggerating the application of the new government rules “staying indoors” to protect against the deadly coronavirus. The COVID-19 death toll in the United Kingdom rose to 1,228 on Sunday, after an additional 206 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. More than 19,500 people have been infected in the UK.
The blue lagoon of Harpur Hill, Buxton, turned a miserable black after police dropped the dye into it to stop Instagrammers
Police officers in Derbyshire put black dye in the blue lagoon of Hupur Hill, Buxton to dissuade visitors from the area
Police received reports that visitors were flocking to Buxton Lagoon to be photographed with the dramatic blue background. The officers warned: ‘Without a doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the good weather (for once) in Buxton. However, the position is dangerous and this type of meeting is contrary to the current instructions of the United Kingdom government. With that in mind, we attended the venue this morning and used water dye to make the water less attractive. ‘
The mail has drawn anger from nearby residents who have accused local police forces of using too aggressive a strategy since the outbreak.
Local resident Alex John Desmond wrote on Facebook: ‘This is a joke, the way this force acts is not representative of the police by consensus, which is how the UK should be governed. You should be ashamed of yourself. You took something beautiful and damaged it.
He added that the force was promoting a culture of “shameful” individuals found outside, claiming that it had been screamed at him while he was traveling for the first time since the blockade began.
Officers have been given the power to arrest people who are away from home for “non-essential” travel, with a three-shot policy starting at £ 60 for the first offense, rising to £ 120 for the second offense and reaching £ 1,000.
Two members of the Buxton Safer Neighborhood Policing Team wore protective gear while unloading dye in the lagoon of Harpur Hill in Derbyshire
Using the unmanned plane, they also collected the license plates of parked cars and tracked down their owners to their homes in Sheffield saying, “Walking your dog in the Peak District: not essential.”
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Chief Commissioner Peter Goodman (right), the son of a priest and nurse, was appointed head of the Derbyshire Constabulary in 2017 after 29 years in the public service.
CC Goodman, 54, graduated from the University of Leeds with an English language and literature degree and worked briefly in the insurance industry before enrolling to become a police officer at the Nottinghamshire Constabulary in 1988.
In the 1990s, he was made an investigator and conducted investigations in the city of Nottingham. In those days it was a “very tangible crime” and it collected “physical evidence”, he told the local newspaper four years ago.
But nowadays, CC Goodman said: ‘Never in the history of the police have there been so many fantastic tools to help us catch criminals and solve crimes. I believe that this rate of change will continue in the future “.
Last week CC Goodman’s force actually used the latest technology, using drones to capture blocking rules, with tactics similar to those of the Chinese.
In 2013, CC Goodman received the Queen’s police medal in recognition of her service.
In his spare time, CC Goodman told the local newspaper that he likes to watch the BBC’s Line of Duty series.
CC Goodman is the father of three children who have now completed secondary school.
Yesterday the Derbyshire police posted a photo on their Facebook page of a notice that had slipped under the windshield wiper of a car, asking, “Why are you here today?” The Derbyshire police say that taking a ride in the countryside to walk the dog is not an essential journey.
However, some of those who commented on the post disagreed and argued that driving to a remote location to exercise outside an urban center may, in fact, be more conducive to public health.
Claire Whitaker wrote: ‘Why discourage people from driving to more empty spaces for walking – as long as they observe distances? This leaves the local green spaces less crowded for those who cannot drive. I don’t understand it at all. I can’t see any guide on the Govt website that says we can’t do it – in fact it simply says “You can even go for a walk or train outdoors if you stay more than 2 meters from the others” – which is often easier to to do in less urban places “.
And Dave Armstrong said: ‘The police must have a hold and use common sense. If people use social distance, there is nothing wrong.
‘If you are driving by car (any distance) you will not come in contact with anyone again, no damage. This is not a police state. “
The government said that those who isolate themselves can leave home for one form of exercise a day: a walk, a run or a cycle alone or with other family members. Dog owners are allowed to walk with their pets, but groups of more than two are not allowed.
The board proved problematic for those in built-up areas whose only green space nearby is a park shared by thousands of others who wish to train at the same time.
But some believe that the force is going too far. A senior parliamentarian from Tory told MailOnline: “Probably what will happen is a subdued word from the police minister to the chief of police of Derbyshire saying” you can relax here, we don’t want to give you a rude, but we have enough to worry about without you discourage people who are just walking their dog. “
Yesterday the Derbyshire police posted a photo on their Facebook page of a notice that had slipped under the windshield wiper of a car, asking, “Why are you here today?” The Derbyshire police say that taking a ride in the countryside to take the dog for a walk is not an essential journey. ‘
The MP added that the government is in a difficult position where more vague advice states that people could be “reasonable” would risk being exploited by “idiots”.
A spokesman for Big Brother Guarda’s civil liberties group said it is understandable why the police are dispersing parties and barbecues, but demanding drivers who provide travel details at road checkpoints are exaggerated.
‘It is not at all clear which police powers are used to do this. It is essential to protect public health and also to protect basic democratic standards. The arbitrary police will not help the country fight this pandemic. “
This weekend, with clocks advancing, announcing better weather and lighter nights, police across the country kept the rigorous message that the campaign was not open to visitors.
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Inspector Mark Gee, who controlled a vehicle checkpoint in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, said: “We have had motorcyclists arriving in the valleys claiming that they are exercising.
‘We have to remind people, exercise should be done from your home address, on foot unless you are cycling.
“Every time we are on a road there is a greater possibility of a collision and if this happens, our local NHS resources are being severely tested, which are however limited, even without being faced with a world crisis.”
The force says that people should not head to the Peak District to watch the sunset while Britain is in a blockade state
Devon police have begun to investigate whether drivers are on an essential journey or if they are breaking the government’s request to stay home
He said quieter traffic could encourage motorcyclists to accelerate on open roads, leaving them more at risk of accidents.
Gee said the checkpoint near Catterick Garrison was supported by officers from the Royal Military Police.
He felt that the message was relaying to most people that the countryside was not open and he noticed that the streets were less busy than in previous days.
A police officer is pictured directing traffic to a checkpoint in Plymouth yesterday. All non-essential travel has been banned by the government