A man driving a motorhome was stopped at the Devon border by police and sent back to Birmingham because of the new coronavirus Covid-19.
“Not in the spirit of fighting the virus”.
[Neither is shuffling vulnerable people around care homes to meet management targets, even if you do use “existing protocols” – Owl]
Neil Shaw www.devonlive.com
Police said the driver’s actions were ‘not in the spirit of fighting the virus’ and sent them back to the West Midlands.
Officers from the North Devon Roads Policing team were patrolling the major routes in the county when they stopped the mobile holiday home.
Tough new rules were brought in across the UK by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last Monday stating you should only leave your home for absolutely essential work if you can’t work from home, essential shopping for food or medical supplies, local exercise once a day or a genuine medical reason.
On Thursday a new law came into force allowing police to enforce those rules with on-the-spot fines or arrest and they can use reasonable force to ensure you comply with an order to disperse and go home.
A Sergeant with the North Devon RPU tweeted: “Birmingham to North Devon is not in the spirit of fighting the Virus. The North Devon Roads Policing team are patrolling and will stop and ask why you are on the roads. This gentleman is now on his way back to the midlands! #Covid19#Police”
Other officers said: “Words fail”
Others took to social media to express their shock at the tourist’s bold move to get away from Birmingham – one of the areas in the Uk with the highest number of Covid-19 infections.
One wrote: “Must come from a different planet or something, cloud cuckoo land.”