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Suffolk Constabulary urge residents to 'follow advice' during coronavirus pandemic

Suffolk Constabulary will 'take action' if they come across people repeatedly breaching distancing restrictions during the Covid-19 crisis.

The force has explained their strategy to the Bury Free Press today (Wednesday, March 25) on how they plan to enforce order during the coronavirus pandemic.

While their comment does not specify fining individuals, it is understood this outcome could be considered by officers.

The government has already stated that gatherings of more than two people will not be allowed - with police able to fine individuals for not complying.

It has not been stated how much these fines could be.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “We will, as always, police by consent, by working with communities to ensure people understand why these restrictions are in place.

"This will be done by traditional methods of engagement, education and communication. The priority is to keep people safe and to protect our NHS.

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"We will, where appropriate, disperse people rather than use enforcement.

"If we come across people choosing to break these rules, we will take action.

“The majority of people are already making sacrifices to save lives which we are grateful for and we urge everyone to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.”

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