Police threw black dye into a scenic blue lagoon in the Peak District to prevent Instagrammers from posing for photos while the coronavirus was locked.
Derbyshire police, who last week tracked dog walkers and hikers through the hills with drones, were told that people were still gathering at the water’s edge near Harpur Hill, Buxton .
In a Facebook post, the safer Buxton police team said: “ This is undoubtedly due to the picturesque location and the good weather (for once) in Buxton. However, the location is dangerous and this type of gathering contravenes current instructions from the British government.
“With that in mind, we visited the site this morning and used water-based stain to make the water less attractive.”
This comes after the same police were accused of making excessive efforts to enforce the new government rules to stay indoors to protect themselves from the deadly coronavirus. The death toll from COVID-19 in the UK soared to 1,019 on Saturday, after a 24-hour peak of 260 deaths, with the number now infected of more than 17,000.
The station angered neighboring residents who accused local police of being overly aggressive since the epidemic.
Local resident Alex John Desmond wrote on Facebook: “ It’s a joke, the way this force acts is not representative of the police by consent, which is the way the UK is supposed to be governed . You should be ashamed of yourselves. You took something beautiful and damaged it.
He added that the force promoted a culture of “ shame ” for those found outside, claiming that he had been yelled at on his first trip since the lockdown started.
Officers have been allowed to arrest people who are out of their homes for “ non-essential ” trips, with a three-stroke fine policy that starts at £ 60 for a first offense, goes up to £ 120 for the second and reaches £ 1000.
Derbyshire police have taken the extraordinary step of using one of their drones to film dog walkers, hikers and a group posing for Instagram photos on a cliff at sunset on Thursday evening.
Derbyshire police put black dye in the blue lagoon of Hupur Hill, Buxton, to deter visitors to the area
Police have received reports that visitors have flocked to Buxton Lagoon to be photographed against a dramatic blue backdrop. The officers warned, “Without a doubt, this is due to the picturesque location and the good weather (for once) in Buxton. However, the location is dangerous and this type of gathering contravenes current instructions from the British government. With that in mind, we attended the location this morning and used water dye to make the water less attractive. ”
Two members of the Safer Buxton Neighborhood Police Team were wearing protective gear while spilling the dye in the lagoon at Harpur Hill in Derbyshire
Using the unmanned aircraft, they also retrieved license plates from parked cars and traced their owners to their home in Sheffield, saying, “Walk your dog in the Peak District: not essential.
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Chief Constable Peter Goodman (right), the son of a clergy and a nurse, was appointed head of the Derbyshire Gendarmerie in 2017 after 29 years of public service.
CC Goodman, 54, graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English language and literature and worked in insurance for a short time before registering to become a police officer with the Nottinghamshire Constabulary in 1988.
In the 1990s he was appointed detective and investigated in the city of Nottingham. At the time, it was a “very tangible crime” and he is collecting “physical evidence,” he told the local newspaper four years ago.
But these days, CC Goodman said, “Never before in the history of the police have there been so many fantastic tools to help us catch criminals and solve crimes.” I think this pace of change will continue in the future. “
CC Goodman’s force last week used the latest technology – deploying drones to catch breakers of locking rules, in tactics similar to those of the Chinese.
In 2013, CC Goodman received the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition of his service.
In his spare time, CC Goodman told the local newspaper that he enjoyed watching the BBC’s Line of Duty series.
CC Goodman is the father of three children, all of whom have completed high school.
Derbyshire police today posted a photo on their Facebook page of a notice that they had slipped under the windshield wiper of a car, asking, “Why are you here today? Derbyshire police argue that a trip to the countryside to walk the dog is not an essential trip.
However, some of those who commented on the message disagreed and argued that driving to a remote location to exercise outside of an urban center might, in fact, be more conducive to driving. public health.
Claire Whitaker wrote: “ Why do you discourage people from driving into more empty spaces to walk – as long as they observe the distance? This leaves local green spaces less crowded for those who cannot drive. I don’t understand anything at all. I don’t see any indication on the government website that says we can’t do it – in fact, it just says “You can also walk or exercise outside if you stay more than 2 meters from others “- which is often easier to do in less urban places.
And Dave Armstrong said, ‘The police must take control and use common sense. If people use social distance, there is no harm.
“If you drive in your car (whatever the distance), you don’t come into contact with anyone again without danger. It is not a police state.
The government has stated that lonely people are allowed to leave the house for some form of exercise a day – walking, running or biking alone or with other members of your household. Dog owners are allowed to walk their pets, but groups of more than two people are not allowed.
The advice has proven problematic for those in built-up areas whose only nearby green space is a park shared by thousands of others looking to exercise at the same time.
But some believe that the force goes too far. A former Conservative MP told MailOnline: “ What is likely to happen is a discreet word from the Minister of Police to Derbyshire Police Chief, saying ‘Can you relax here, we don’t want to harangue you , but what to worry about without telling people who are just walking their dog.
Derbyshire police today posted a photo on their Facebook page of a notice that they had slipped under the windshield wiper of a car, asking, “Why are you here today? Derbyshire police say taking a walk to the countryside to walk the dog is not an essential trip “
The MP added that the government was in a difficult position where more vague advice saying that people could be “reasonable” could be exploited by “idiots”.
A spokesperson for the Big Brother Watch civil liberties group said it was understandable that the police would disperse parties and barbecues, but that demanding drivers would give details on the route to traffic checkpoints is exaggerated.
“It is not at all clear what police powers are used to do this. It is essential to protect public health and essential to also protect basic democratic standards. Arbitrary police will not help the country to fight this pandemic. “
This weekend, with clocks advancing, announcing better weather and lighter nights, the country’s police maintained the strict message that the campaign was not open to visitors.
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Inspector Mark Gee, who runs a vehicle checkpoint in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, said, “We have seen motorcyclists entering the Dales claiming to be exercising.
“We need to remind people that exercise should be done from your home, on foot, unless you are on a bicycle.
“ Whenever you are on a road, there is an increased risk of collision and if that happens, it puts a strain on our local NHS resources which are in any case limited, even without us being confronted with a global crisis. ”
Force says people shouldn’t head to the Peak District to watch the sunset while Britain is locked out
Devon police have started to check if drivers are making essential trips or they are flouting the government’s call to stay at home
He said the quieter traffic could encourage bikers to accelerate on open roads, leaving them more at risk of crashing.
Gee said the checkpoint near Catterick garrison was supported by officers from the Royal Military Police.
He felt that the message was sent to most people that the campaign was not open and noted that the roads were less busy than in the previous days.
A police officer is pictured directing traffic at a checkpoint in Plymouth today. All non-essential travel has been banned by the government
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Britain has exceeded 17,000 while the virus has claimed 1,019 lives since the beginning of the month. Some 260 people died yesterday, the highest level recorded in Britain since the start of the crisis, although 400 fewer people were infected compared to Friday’s figures.