9th Aug, 2020

Top cop's plea for 'calm and sense' ahead of pubs re-opening

Correspondent 2nd Jul, 2020

WEST Mercia Police’s newly appointed Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones is appealing to the public to enjoy this weekend sensibly and safely as pubs re-open.

From this Saturday, July 4, many pubs and bars across the region which had closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will be able to open – but with restrictions to protect the public from the virus.

ACC for Local Policing Rachel Jones said: “As the lifting of further restrictions takes place our policing approach remains intelligence led.

“We always assess potential demand and ensure our resources are in the right place at the right time and this weekend will be no different.

Be calm and sensible this weekend: ACC Rachel Jones of West Mercia Police.

“We are grateful to the vast majority of people who have worked with us throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.

“We’ve continued to take the four ‘Es’ approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the public at different stages of the pandemic and only using enforcement action as a last resort.

“Our enforcement actions have been minimal thanks to the co-operation of our communities and we hope this will continue.

“We are all looking forward to a little more freedom from this weekend and we hope this is enjoyed safely with everyone remembering the restrictions that are still in place.

“We would ask people to be calm and sensible. Look after yourself, look after your family. We are still in a global pandemic which continues to affect local communities.”

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