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Police start vehicle stop-checks to support coronavirus instructions

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To support the Government’s measures to protect the NHS and save lives during the outbreak, North Yorkshire will deploy vehicle checkpoints from 26 March.

This is to ensure motorists are complying with Government restrictions and only making essential journeys.

Earlier this week, the Government announced significant changes to our way of life, instructing us to stay at home and only go out for basic necessities, a medical need, to care for or help a vulnerable person, or travel to work but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These measures are backed up by legislation allowing the to fine people and disperse of groups of people who do not comply.

Officers will be stopping vehicles and asking motorists where they are going, why they are going there, and reminding them of the message to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, said: “The new and significant restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening spell out very clearly what each and every one of us must do to save lives. The message is clear and the warning stark. Stay at 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.

Alongside the new restrictions, the Government announced new powers to enforce them. I know the vast majority of people will follow the restrictions without question, as they have done so already.

And as the legislation comes into force, the roadside checks will help us to reinforce the messaging. So we ask people not to make non-essential journeys, and to understand the definition of essential. We sincerely hope that we won’t have to resort to enforcement action, but if people do not comply, we will.

We’ll also be out on foot, with a highly visible policing presence, to disperse groups, enforce the social distancing measures and remind people of the seriousness of the situation we are facing.

Please continue to look after each other, try and make the most of this unprecedented opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones, and remember we are here for you if you need us.







The checkpoints will be unannounced and could appear anywhere any time.

The full “Stay at home” restrictions can be found here

Some dos and don’ts

Do not travel to local beauty spots to exercise, do it from home alone or with a member of your household
Do not go out “just for a drive”
Do not meet up with others including family and friends
Do follow the Government restrictions without question
Do understand the grave seriousness of the situation that we are facing
Do share the Government’s advice if you have a social media account
Our website has information relating to some commonly asked questions, please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/COVID19FAQ








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4 Comments

  1. I live in the middle of town. I have yet to see any police presence. Drug dealing in the Halifax carpark, and congregations of homeless continue as normal. The police have ignored these issues and continue to do so.

    • You should do. Although yesterday exactly that happened where I live – a whole load of people congregated in one garden for a BBQ but, when the police were called, they said they couldn’t break it up because is was on private property!

  2. If a family is in the car it should be stopped, there is absolutely no reason for a family (mum, dad, kids) to be travelling, shops should not allow full families in, apart from that how are the police going to prove that it isn’t essential as you just say “I’m off to Morrisons” to shop, first time in 2 weeks… get to the damn parks, Crimple Valley is still full of groups, I saw a BBQ there yesterday.

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