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'Paint for DIY is not essential' warn police

Photo: Brixham Police

Police in Devon say they're still stopping people who're not travelling for essential reasons - but the 'vast majority of people are heeding the government instructions'. 

Excuses given to them yesterday included picking up paint to do DIY and going to clean windows.

They also say families should stay together as a group when they leave the house for their daily exercise.

They warn children shouldn't 'disappear in all directions'.

A spokesperson for Brixham Police said: "During our patrols today it has been heartening to see that the vast majority of people are heeding the government instructions. 

"People are keeping their two metre gaps and the streets are relatively quiet. However, there are still a minority who still have not got the message. 

"During traffic stops today, officers were told by people that they were travelling to clean windows, to pick up sand or pick up paint for DIY! 

"These are not essential and necessary trips. 

"If you are out walking as a family, stay as a group. You are leaving the house for exercise not for your children to disappear in all directions. 

"If we don’t adhere to the rules, the NHS will be under increasing pressure and the restrictions will last considerably longer. 

"Make this sacrifice now for all our long-term gain."

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