Are Police doing enough to enforce lockdown?

By Becky Brooks   |   Editor   |
Friday 13th November 2020 9:01 am
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Four out of ten people do not believe Avon and Somerset Constbulary are enforcing coronavirus lockdown rules strongly enough, a survey reveals. Only nine per cent of residents think the force is being too tough in imposing the regulations, while just over half say the police have got the balance right. The results are from a one-question straw poll by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to gauge the public’s views at the start of the second national lockdown to stem the Covid-19 crisis.

It comes as Ms Mountstevens has vowed officers will be “coming down hard on those who are wilfully flouting the rules” and arresting or issuing spot fines to offenders.

Of the 1,400 people who responded to the survey, 40 per cent said the police were too lenient and 51 per cent thought the approach was correct.

The PCC said: “As we enter another lockdown period, it is clear that the majority of respondents support the police’s enforcement and activity to ensure regulations are adhered to.

“Let’s not forget that these rules are in place to lower the transmission of the virus and to keep us safe.

“I’m grateful to the majority of people who recognise the seriousness of the situation and are playing their part in complying with the regulations.

“However, there are still some who continue to flagrantly disregard the rules. This behaviour was not acceptable and will simply not be tolerated.”

The force has established a dedicated Covid-19 team to focus on breaches of the emergency regulations.

Adam Postans, LDRS

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