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Rutland police officer disperses two 'gatherings' of people ignoring coronavirus social distancing guidance

Police in Rutland have urged people to be mindful of government advice on coronavirus after an officer had to disperse two gatherings.

Pc Joe Lloyd said he had first been called out to reports of parents and children congregating at Cutts Close Park in Oakham on Tuesday (March 24).

And then later that day he received a tip-off about young people at a pond near Catmose College in the town.

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“It was two young people but they weren’t from the same household,” said Pc Lloyd.

“For me it’s just a lack of understanding from some members of the public. We just need to re-enforce the seriousness of the situation we are currently under.”

He said the social distancing guidance is not yet law but must be adhered to and so far has been “well received”.

Pc Lloyd added: “We are desperate to do this the nice and proper way and we want people to understand that we’re doing it for their benefit and the benefit of the community.”

He and other officers will continue to patrol the towns to ensure people are not flouting the guidance announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

Latest statistics show there are still no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Rutland out of a population of almost 40,000, but not all with the virus will have been tested.

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