'Think twice' about travelling to beauty spots in Dorset

'Think twice' about travelling to beauty spots in Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 16th May 2020. (Updated at 12:19pm 16th May 2020)

That's the message from police despite new lockdown rules.

Over 800 penalty notices were handed out between Friday 27 March and Thursday 14 May 2020.

Under new rules, anyone breaking the restrictions can be fined £100 (halved to £50 if paid within two weeks).

Dorset Police is urging would-be tourists and those of us who live here to 'think twice' before rushing to the county's landmarks.

Under new guidance from the government people in England can now:

  • collect goods from a business permitted to remain open and visit recycling centres, garden centres and outdoor sport courts
  • take part in activity associated with the sale or letting of residential property - including visiting estate agents and attending house viewings 
  • visit public open spaces alone or with members of your household for recreation 
  • visit public open spaces or take exercise with one member of another household, as long as they stay two metres apart

23 of the penalties were handed out over Easter weekend alone.

One person was caught in Bridport camping overnight on the beach with a friend.

Another two men were caught travelling through Dorset from Portsmouth to pick up a car that would be going into storage.

The police force say they'll continue keeping the county safe as we enter a new phase of the lockdown.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

"Going forward, we will continue to police the county and protect the public as we have done throughout the pandemic. 

"Our officers and staff will be concentrating on the crimes that matter the most to our communities and have a significant impact on vulnerable people. We will be targeting county lines drug gangs, ensuring our children and young people are safe online, tackling speeding as part of the fatal five and responding to reports of anti-social behaviour.

"Our mobile camera vans will be back out responding to community concerns about speeding and traffic officers will be ensuring motorists are not putting others at risk on our roads."

If you would like to report a crime please Do It Online at www.dorset.police.uk, contact Police via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call 101. If life is in danger or a crime is in progress call 999.