Police checkpoints set up in North Staffordshire to ensure journeys are essential



Police checkpoints have been set up in an area of North Staffordshire to ensure journeys being made are essential under the COVID-19 restrictions.

Checkpoints have been in place on a number of roads in the Staffordshire Moorlands this afternoon (Thursday March 26) – with a number of readers contacting us.

On Twitter Moorlands Police said:  “Local officers have set up checkpoints in the Biddulph and Endon area, to determine whether driver’s journeys are essential. Please ensure you are adhering to the Governments instructions.

“Local Officers engaging with the community, ensuring they are aware of the government guidelines.”

Earlier today police in the district said they had encountered people from Nottingham who had travelled into the area – despite police urging people not to visit North Staffordshire beauty spots while the pandemic restrictions were in place.

Staffordshire Moorlands Chief Inspector Mark Thorley took to social media network Twitter to again urge people to stay at home.

He said:  “Folks I get this is difficult and new but I am losing patience with “well we’ve been in the house for days”.  This is the start and you are only being asked to stay at home not go to war. Think of others and not just yourself.”

In a blog post today Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said police would be working with people to ensure they understood the importance of the current restrictions.

He added:  “And I want to be clear – with those who refuse to comply we will be enforcing not asking.

“The stakes are too high and we’ll be too busy to invest disproportionate time persuading pubs that decide to have a ‘lock in’ to do the right thing or on people who decide to congregate in a misguided community event.”

This evening the Department for Health and Social Care confirmed the number of people who had died in the UK after testing positive for COVID-19 had risen to 578.

These included 107 new cases in England aged between 32 and 102 – with all but two suffering from underlying health conditions, according to NHS England.

For more live COVID-19 updates throughout today (Thursday March 26) visit our live feed here.

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