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Police Disperse Large Crowd Of Children And Adults Doing Hokey-Cokey Dance

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Police Disperse Large Crowd Of Children And Adults Doing Hokey-Cokey Dance

A crowd of adults and children doing the 'hokey-cokey' dance in a Hastings park were dispersed by police for breaking Covid-19 restrictions. You can see what happened here:

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The footage, which showed a group of people holding hands and not wearing masks, was posted to a local Facebook group.

As the video draws to a close, police cars can be seen in the background with police officers wearing masks making their way towards the crowd.

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Some participants can be seen running away as the police arrive.

According to BBC Radio Sussex, no fines were issued to the crowd, but social media users were divided over the video, which was circulated widely.

Speaking of the lockdown restrictions, one Facebook user wrote: "I cannot understand anyone who would encourage their kids to go against this.

"It must be so confusing for them to hang out in the park with a group of people holding hands then to go to school tomorrow where their teachers are breaking their back to keep them safe!!

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"It's really desperately sad and selfish!"

Another person disagreed, however, commenting: "Shame on these comments, it's just parents and children trying to be normal.

"For all you know these kids might be from the same school or have difficulties and just need some normality."

A Twitter user replied to the video saying: "Why were no Covid fines issued? Isn't this as clear a case as it's possible to get?"

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Police can be seen arriving to deal with the event. Credit: Facebook
Police can be seen arriving to deal with the event. Credit: Facebook

A Sussex Police spokesperson told The Independent: "Officers attended to engage with those present, explaining the government's regulations and encouraging people to follow them.

"The group engaged with officers and voluntarily dispersed so no enforcement action was required.

"The government's coronavirus regulations are in place to help stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

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"We will continue to use the four Es - engaging, explaining, encouraging and, where necessary and proportionate, enforcing."

Current lockdown rules in England state that people can only meet one person from a different household outdoors - and this is for exercise only.

As of 8 March, the government's roadmap out of lockdown states: "You can spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person.

"This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook

Topics: UK News, Covid-19

Amelia Ward
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