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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Surrey Police says "thank you Surrey for staying home and saving lives"

The force has issued the following message following the bank holiday weekend.

Surrey Police would like to thank the Surrey community who stayed home over the Easter bank holiday.

Looking back on the four day weekend, the number of crimes reported to Surrey Police over the four-day Easter weekend remained low as our communities overwhelmingly followed the government’s Covid-19 advice.

Of the incidents that were reported to us, we had to deploy a drone to break up a group of 30 people not observing social distancing in Walton-on-Thames on Friday.

This method of communicating without physically putting officers at additional risk by approaching them was effective and the group left without officers having to take further action.

If required, the drone will direct large groups of people congregating in outdoor spaces to leave the area by playing a pre-recorded message of

“Attention this a Police message. You are gathering in breach of government guidelines to stay at home in response to the coronavirus. You are putting lives at risk. Please disperse immediately and return home.”

The use of the drone makes it quicker to access groups of people while encouraging them to do the right thing.

The use of a drone has been used by Surrey Police and Sussex Police since the introduction of the new legislation.

On Friday, Surrey Police was called to Box Hill, a popular Surrey beauty spot, after receiving reports of a number of cyclists ignoring road closures and social distancing restrictions.

Officers intervened with riders cycling along the Zig Zag Road before re-establishing road closures. On Saturday officers responded to concerns about motorcyclists on the A24 and engaged with cyclists ignoring give way signs on the A24 at West Humble.

Surrey says in total, from all incidents reported to Surrey Police over Friday-Sunday, a very small number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), almost 90, had to be issued.

It was recognised that the majority of FPNs issued were given to people who aren’t residents of Surrey and have travelled into the County.

One group who had travelled from Chiswick stated that they were “just being cheeky” when questioned on why they had taken the unnecessary journey.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:39 pm  

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