Northumbria Police steps up presence at South Shields beaches in an effort to ensure lockdown measures are being followed

Durham has stepped up its presence across the beaches in South Tyneside in an effort to make sure the UK lockdown measures are being followed during the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 11:43 pm

There has been a notably high police presence at coastal areas in South Tyneside in an effort to ensure the public are following social distancing measures.

It comes after reports have been circulating that people are driving to the seaside to get their one hour of exercise a day.

The Government has said this is not an “essential” journey and that people should exercise close to their homes.

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In images captured by Gazette photographer Stu Norton, Northumbria Police officers can be seen talking to the public and giving advice during the UK lockdown.

Assistant Chief Constable for Northumbria Police, Helen McMillan said: “We have had large crowds of people at our coastal areas in recent days and that is not helpful and could be putting lives at risk.

“If people refuse to comply with our instruction then we will enforce this legislation.”

Northumbria Police also said that they will look to “engage and encourage” the public to follow government measures during the coronavirus outbreak, but will take action when necessary.

Police patrols across coastal areas in South Tyneside.

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