Police in Staffordshire are asking people only to contact them if absolutely necessary.
Staffordshire Police have tonight – Wednesday March 25 – said they are being inundated by messages from people trying to report people who are not complying with the new restrictions on movement imposed by the government in a bid to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A polite plea from us. We are being inundated with messages from good Samaritans across the county who are adhering to government instruction to Stay Home Save Lives and reporting those who unfortunately aren’t taking this serious enough.
“The reports coming in however are overrunning our capacity and we are struggling to read all reports in a timely manner to respond to those in urgent need. Please do not send us DMs unless absolutely necessary. We thank you for your support as always.”
On Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought in new restrictions meaning people could only leave their homes for a small number of reasons as the coronavirus pandemic causes issues across the country.
Authorities in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have today declared the pandemic a ‘major incident’.
Police have also urged people not to visit beauty spots in the county.