Man Told Police 'Buying Weed' Was The Essential Reason He Was Outside His Home
Police in the UK have been stopping motorists to check whether they conducting essential tasks amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Citizens are only allowed out of the house if they're performing a necessary duty like grocery shopping, seeing a doctor or picking up medicine.
The crackdown hopes to ensure people aren't risking their health by contracting or spreading Covid-19.
But one driver was allegedly very candid when police pulled him over to see what he was doing.
The #OpSceptreTeam have been patrolling @SWPCardiff . The vast majority of people listening to @GOVUK advice #StayHomeSavesLives.- South Wales Police Cardiff (@SWPCardiff) March 30, 2020
1 man was reported for non essential journey & possession of cannabis, after saying "My journey is essential. I had to buy weed" *106368. ^538 pic.twitter.com/rtQXS7kOvw
South Wales Police uploaded a picture onto their Twitter account, along with a caption that said: "[One] man was reported for non essential journey and possession of cannabis, after saying, 'My journey is essential. I had to buy weed.'"
If you're going to break the rules, at least don't further incriminate yourself with another crime.
While this man certainly wasn't sticking to the new laws in place, the police force has commended the 'vast majority' of people who have been following the law.
The UK government recently ordered Brits to stay at home where possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus, advising that they could leave the house once a day for exercise - something that some people have arguably taken advantage of.
Message from @CCShaunSawyer: Please help us to keep you safe.#CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/GIijE48SX5- DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) March 24, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that if people did not obey the rules 'police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings'.
Cornwall Police was one of the first to confirm their officers would be stationed around city to ensure those rules were being followed.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "A number of neighbourhood patrols have carried out stop checks on vehicles travelling within the county.
"The purpose of these checks is to engage with the public and to explain and reiterate the request from government, ensuring people have considered if their journey is essential.
"The purpose, at this time, is not to enforce the direction set out by the government, but to prepare communities for the new police powers which will be put in place in the coming days.
"This measure is one of many that the force have actioned today, including high visibility foot patrols, pro-active discussions around Public Health England advice and deploying units as broadly as possible.
"This is an ever changing situation and we will maintain an agile approach."
But if you're going out to get weed, probably best to come up with another excuse. Just a thought.
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