Police receive tip-off calls every 5 minutes on people flouting coronavirus lockdown

COPS are receiving tip-off calls every five minutes from members of the public reporting people who are flouting strict coronavirus lockdown rules.

Forces around the country and being inundated with calls about people ignoring government guidelines to stay indoors.

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Derbyshire’s Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, said his colleagues are experiencing 2,300 calls a day from concerned neighbours.

More than 11 per cent of their calls are tip-offs from “concerned members of the public”.

He told the Telegraph: “Some of it is about things taking place in public spaces, some of it a bit more about people entertaining at their home addresses.


“We do believe some of [the tip-offs] are a little misguided, a little of it may be malicious, getting your own back on your neighbours.

“But the vast majority of it has been about concerned members of the public doing the responsible thing.”

His force Derbyshire Police were heavily criticised after posting a video on Twitter with drone footage from the Peak District, in which they criticised a couple out walking their dog.

In West Yorkshire, Chief Constable John Robbins also said he has seen a rise in the number of tip-off calls.

We do believe some of [the tip-offs] are a little misguided, a little of it may be malicious, getting your own back on your neighbours.

Some forces have set up online forms on their websites to make it easier for neighbours to report people breaking rules.

It comes as a new heat map revealed the areas of the UK where people are breaking strict lockdown rules.

Locals in Middlesbrough, Teesside, are the worst for flouting stay at home measures designed to stop the spread of the killer disease.

Shocking pictures taken at the weekend show idiot Brits flocking to parks and beaches to enjoy the mini heatwave.


Cops were forced to break up large groups of sunbathers and people doing exercise – with some parks forced to close in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has even threatened a total ban on outdoor exercise if people continue to ignore the lockdown measures.

The government recently imposed lockdown restrictions across the UK in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Brits should only go out to buy food, for health reasons, or to go work, and that you should only be going to work if you cannot do so from home.

Everyone is being encouraged to practice social distancing when in public which means standing at least two metres away from each other.

Police now have the power to issue £60 on-the-spot fines for anyway found flouting the lockdown rules.

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Fines could also be higher for repeat offenders.

Speaking about the measures, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “All our frontline services are doing an incredible job to stop this terrible virus from spreading.

“That’s why I’m giving the police these new enforcement powers, to protect the public and keep people safe.”

Top 5 areas breaking lockdown

1. Middlesbrough – 25 per cent

2. North Hertfordshire – 17.6 per cent

3. Burnley – 15.2 per cent

4. Boston – 15 per cent

5. Denbighshire – 15 per cent


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