Police officers mocked by beachgoers in Exmouth

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Molly Dowrick www.devonlive.com

Footage on social media shows two police officers, apparently sent to disperse beachgoers, being mocked in Exmouth.

A Snapchat video seen by Devon Live appears to show a group of young men shouting “Oggy Oggy Oggy, Oi Oi Oi” and mocking police officers, a man and a woman, instead of heeding their advice near Orcombe Point.

The beach, which has been rammed with people of all ages, has been a popular spot for locals keen to soak up the sun during the past week.

The video, which has been shared on SnapChat and Twitter, has been viewed over 4,000 times, and is “proof that restrictions should have never been eased,” one social media user said.

The video comes as dozens of locals have shared photos from the beach and say people are ignoring social distancing.

One man said people have been socialising in groups of “at least 20,” while another joked “everybody and his auntie has come to Exmouth”.

While going to the beach is permitted under lockdown rules, groups of people from different households are not yet able to meet.

From Monday, June 1 small social gatherings will be allowed, with groups of up to six people permitted to meet outside and in private gardens.

But meeting up in a larger group is “not lawful,” Devon and Cornwall police say.

But another man says it’s just the “loud minority” who are breaching lockdown regulations.

It comes as Devon and Cornwall Police has admitted officers should have dispersed a social gathering in Plymouth on Bank Holiday Monday.

A spokesperson for the force confirmed two officers attended a planned live-music event at a car park and had engaged with the group.

But they did not send anyone home or enforce government guidance – which stipulates that people must not mingle in groups to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Police say the event was “not lawful” and “in breach of current legislation” and the officers will receive “advice and training around current powers and its implementation” amid the lockdown.

What does the law say?

At a Downing Street briefing on Thursday, May 28, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an update to the lockdown restrictions – allowing people in England to meet up to six people outside and in private gardens from Monday, June 1.

Meeting in larger groups will still not be permitted.


One thought on “Police officers mocked by beachgoers in Exmouth

  1. Given that for some of us at least our Chief Constable’s hard line comments on the lockdown, tougher than the official guidance, contributed to the confusion in these parts I do hope he now demonstrates his commitment and support to these officers by using the social media footage to identify and fine as many of these idiots as possible.


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