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Police Threaten £200 Fines For People Sledging Or Having Snowball Fights

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Police Threaten £200 Fines For People Sledging Or Having Snowball Fights

Police have warned that they could hand out £200 fines for people caught sledging and having snowball fights.

After images emerged over the weekend of people flocking to parks and fields across the country to enjoy the snowfall, cops took to social media to urge them to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.

Writing on their Facebook page, Swindon Police said officers were called to a number of reports of people breaching Covid rules.

A spokesperson said: "We are currently responding to reports of about 150 children and about 50 adults gathering in the Sevenfields area of Swindon and concerns have been raised that they are not abiding by the coronavirus guidelines.

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"Please do not gather in large groups - you are reminded that Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued to those who do not abide by the regulations.

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"We are in the midst of a pandemic and failing to socially distance and wear face masks could aid the spread of the virus."

Under the current guidelines, people must stay at home except for a number of very specific reasons, such as going to work, to provide care, visiting someone in their bubble, or to buy necessities.

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According to police, enjoying the snow is not a valid reason.

Wiltshire Police inspector Louis McCoy wrote: "I don't want to be dealing with sledgers and snowball fights.

"There's still a lockdown on. Think about it, don't be tempted."

In another warning from the force down in Surrey, officers said it had already issued a number of penalty notices for people who went out 'looking for snow'.

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Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit tweeted: "We stopped two cars that were travelling in convoy with each other in Guildford.

"The cars contained four men, all from different households and said they were... 'Out looking at the snow'.

"Four £200 Covid fines issued."

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These warnings come after a group of people who met up on the snowy moors in Country Durham to have a barbecue were fined for breaking coronavirus rules.

Cops were called to reports of a number of people gathered together and tucking into a barbecue despite the area being covered in snow and battered by 40mph winds.

According to the Northern Echo, officers found five adults and eight children - from three different families - who had all travelled around 20 miles to meet up at the spot.

The families initially claimed they were not doing anything wrong but eventually admitted that the little get together had put all of those who attended at potential risk of contracting the virus.

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The five adults were each handed a £200 fine and sent on their way with their kids.

Superintendent Ritchie Allen, of Durham Constabulary, said: "The vast majority of people across our communities are sticking to the regulations and we would like thank them for thinking of others and doing their bit to keep everyone safe.

"However, some people are bending the rules and putting others at risk.

"While we know the stay at home guidance has been particularly challenging for many people, travelling to host a BBQ get together with other households is not acceptable.

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Topics: Snow, covid, Weather, lockdown, Coronavirus, Covid-19

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