Couple Moan After Police Break Up Their Barbecue On Sussex Beach
The pair, who were sunbathing amidst the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, then said that the police had "ruined their day" when they showed up to tell them to go home.
So, it should go without saying that this is completely against the current advice, which is to stay home and only go out for essential travel for food and medicine, and one form of exercise per day.
It definitely doesn't cover a lovely barbecue on the beach.
Footage was later shared online that showed the police officers turning up to disperse the two people - a 31-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman - before they were compared to "part-time teachers" after they asked the couple to move away from the site and comply.
That's when the woman said to the officers: "You've just ruined our fricking day!".
As the video progresses, the two officers wearing their high-visibility jackets, walk calmly up to the pair as they sit on the beach and ask them to move along, adding: "You need to take your alcohol or we'll move it swiftly away from you."
After one of the officers said that they were "educating" the pair, who had chosen the picturesque Hove Lawns coastline for their afternoon sojourn, the woman said : "He's a teacher, a part-time teacher as well, now."
Then, the officer tells them: "The sooner you move away from us the better day you'll probably have. Just go and enjoy yourself somewhere else."
Once the incident was over, one witness told The Argus: "She seemed to be horrified that they were being asked to move along.
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"There was a lot of support for the officers and members of the public were shouting at her to move along and listen to the police."
Finally, one of the officers doused the flames of the barbecue by filling his helmet with water and tipping it on.
Sussex Police later confirmed that the pair had been summoned to court after breaching the Coronavirus Act 2020.
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: "Two people have been reported for summons to face charges of breaching Schedule 21 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 after becoming abusive to PCSOs and police officers on the beach at Hove on Saturday afternoon (April 4).
"The pair, a 31-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, both from Hove, were spotted having a barbecue on the beach, but despite repeated requests to leave, allegedly refused to so.
"The man was initially arrested after allegedly refusing to provide his details. He had a cough and asked officers for a mask so that he didn't cough on them. He was eventually de-arrested and returned home to self-isolate.
"Both will be summonsed to attend court in due course.
"While the warm weather encouraged people to get out of their homes, Sussex Police has thanked the majority who have observed the government advice and stayed local while maintaining social distancing and travel guidelines.
"Where it has been necessary for officers to engage with them, they have been very co-operative with their requests to return home after completing their daily exercise."
Featured Image Credit: Eddie Mitchell
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