Police cordon ripped down at closed-off North Staffordshire beauty spot as officers issue fresh lockdown appeal


Members of the public are still flouting lockdown restrictions after a police cordon was ripped down at a closed-off North Staffordshire beauty spot.

Officers in the Staffordshire Moorlands last week set up cones and police tape to prevent people from using Knypersley Reservoir during the lockdown.

Shortly after the cordon was put in place, the cones were moved and tape torn down as visitors continued to travel to the area.

And again today the cones and tape were tampered with.

Now Staffordshire Police has issued another reminder not to travel to beauty spots to exercise and an appeal to cyclists to avoid travelling to the countryside.

The scene at Knypersley Reservoir

A police spokesman said: “We’re all in this together! We have cones in place to help comply with government guidelines in relation to Covid-19.

“Actions like this at Knypersley Reservoir are not helping your local officers.”

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, who is area commander for Staffordshire Moorlands, added: “We understand in the warmer weather it can be tempting for people to think they can visit parkland and heathland such as Cannock Chase or the Roaches, but we’re asking people to stay at home.

“There was initially some confusion around exercising but people should only be exercising near their homes and not travelling – in some cases very long distances – to the countryside.”

The chief inspector also said there had been reports of cyclists and mountain bikers travelling to rural areas in Staffordshire, but that a majority of people in the county were complying with the government regulations.

He said: “We don’t want people to come here to cycle during this outbreak. This is really important to avoid people congregating at car parks, laybys or beauty spots.

“Our approach is very much to work with our communities, but we don’t want a small minority to risk further spread of Covid-19.

“We all need to work together to prevent the spread of Covid-19, protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you for your support in staying at home and avoiding unnecessary travel.

“The beautiful Staffordshire countryside will still be there in a few weeks for us all to enjoy.”

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