Two people have been arrested and three fined after a third gathering in Glastonbury in just over a week.
Police were called to the town centre yesterday afternoon after a protest event which broke social distancing rules.
It comes as a South West beauty spot is reopening to vehicles this morning. (8am)
Police and councils closed Cheddar Gorge this weekend because of the numbers of people driving there in the past few weekends.
Excuses given, by people who didn't even live in Somerset, included:
- Three cars containing people from different households, all together, not socially distancing and sitting around in the Gorge.
- Couple who had travelled from a city who said there were just walking locally. Officers tried to explain the impact of travelling to beauty spots rather than walking within their local vicinity.
- Couple visiting the gorge for a birthday outing.
- Family parked up eating a takeaway pizza.
- Person claiming they were doing an essential shop in Cheddar even though they lived 60 miles away.
Police in Devon last night fined someone for driving their camper van to the county from Bristol.
Officers say the person was also sent back home and told they couldn't stay overnight.
Three people were rescued from a dinghy last night by a fire crew from Newton Abbot.
They were called to the Exe Estuary along with crews from Topsham, as part of a multi-agency response.
Officers have dispersed the small protest in #Glastonbury which took place at lunchtime today. Two men have been arrested and taken into custody and three further people have been given fixed penalty notices, all under COVID-19 legislation. The Market Place is now clear. pic.twitter.com/4mQKdIfyss— Avon and Somerset Police - #StayHomeSaveLives (@ASPolice) May 3, 2020
Since the Government put the covid-19 public health restrictions in place, we have received lots of reports of breaches. All the information we receive is recorded, assessed and acted upon. More info here 👉 https://t.co/ItBA5fD5zz#StayHomeSaveLives #COVID19 #ProtecttheNHS— Avon and Somerset Police - #StayHomeSaveLives (@ASPolice) May 2, 2020
Sorry to have to say but today I had to issue my first fine for a COVID 19 breach. Someone thought it was acceptable to travel all the way from Bristol to Trentishoe Common North Devon in their camper van to camp overnight. Fined and sent back home :(— Lynton Police (@LyntonPolice) May 3, 2020
Fire appliances from #Exmouth, #Topsham and #NewtonAbbot have attended an incident late last night where 3 people in a dingy had become stuck in the estuary within their boat. There was a multi agency response to this incident and the three people were safely brought to shore.— Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (@DSFireUpdates) May 4, 2020