Coronavirus police clampdown: Merseyside officers hand out £10,000 fines for bonfire | UK | News (Reports)

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Merseyside Police responded to the scene where large crowds of people had gathered at a bonfire in Woodchurch at 8.50pm on Wednesday.

Chief Inspector Matthew Moscrop said: “There was a blatant disregard for Covid-19 restrictions, with hundreds of people in attendance drinking alcohol, mixing with other households and ignoring social distancing.

“We have consistently encouraged people to comply with guidance and explained why it is so important. But when someone so brazenly flouts legislation it leaves us with no option but to take strong enforcement action.

“We are continuing to encourage people to continue to follow the restrictions and avoid bonfires on public land tonight but where necessary we will not hesitate to take the same action because the safety of vulnerable people in Merseyside and our key healthcare workers depends on it.

“We have now entered a month of further national restrictions and it is more important than ever that we all play our role in stopping the spread of coronavirus.” 

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