Police warn against breaching Covid rules

Police warn against breaching Covid rules

Police warn against breaching Covid rules

Humberside Police have warned they ‘will not shy away’ from enforcement action against those breaching the Covid-19 rules.

This follows a number of incidents across the Force area since the tighter Covid-19 came into place.

In one instance, officers in Scunthorpe were called to reports of a group of 30 to 50 motorcycles and quad bikes riding dangerously.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: “We are aware of a number of occasions over the last few days where groups have been gathering in breach of the Covid restrictions around gatherings and often behaving anti-socially, causing concern to local residents.”

He said: “I want to reiterate that should we see the same people congregating and regularly breaching the restrictions, we will not spend significant amounts of time with further encouragement but instead will use enforcement powers to fine people.

“Where the person is under 18, this would result in the parents receiving the fine, which is why it’s so important to know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing.”

He continued that on Tuesday local police had responded to reports of disorder on Bottesford Beck and later Bulls Field in Scunthorpe.

“The initial reports were of approximately 30 to 50 motorcycles and quad bikes riding dangerously around the Bottesford Lane area, some without plates or protective clothing such as helmets.

“Not only is this is a breach of the Covid regulations around gatherings, but posed a real danger to motorists and pedestrians in the area.

“It was later reported that groups were gathering on Bulls Field letting off fireworks, behaving anti-socially and again riding motor vehicles dangerously.

“A number of our officers attended these reports and engaged with the group, encouraging them to follow the regulations set out to keep everyone safe.

“Unfortunately, some of group then became aggressive with our officers and attacked police vehicles.

“Whilst the group did disperse shortly after and a dispersal order for the area remains in place today, an investigation has now been launched to identify those involved.”

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