Message from the Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire Police

Over the weekend we saw the county bathed in warm weather and are expecting it to continue over the coming week. Normally this would be a cause for celebration and would see family and friends spending time outside in the many beauty spots which Cambridgeshire boasts.

However, in these unprecedented times we are issuing a reminder that travel should only be undertaken if absolutely essential and people should try to complete their daily exercise walking from where they live rather than driving to hot spots.

Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “We haven’t issued any fines and that I think is a real positive story and a thank you to the communities in Cambridgeshire who have been adhering to the new legislation.”

Mr. Dean implored people to have a clean conscience and said: “Most people know an elderly person, a vulnerable person and before they think about breaching the rules just have a look and think, what can I do to make a difference today? And that is about staying home where possible and not undertaking unnecessary travel.

“Enforcement as we’ve always said throughout this is our last option, our position as a force is to support the NHS, to save lives and prevent the spread of the virus. That’s our main aim and the main aim of many agencies across this county.

“My clear expectation of my officers and staff is to talk to people, to explain the legislation and the guidance which has been issued by the government and really encourage people to adhere to that guidance.

“At the end of the day the clear message is that this is about saving lives and protecting our fantastic NHS.”