Local police forces are asking members of the public to report non-emergency incidents online due to a flood of calls.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that the UK will be in lockdown for the next three weeks, calls to emergency lines for more information have spiked.
Spokesmen for Preston Police, South Ribble Police, and Chorley Police have advised people to visit the Gov.uk website for guidance on staying at home.
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
A Preston Police spokesman said:
We are getting a high volume of calls around the governments rules requiring people to stay at home.
The best source of advice for everyone on what is and isn’t allowed, is from the government directly and this information is available here: http://orlo.uk/Yt5OQ.
Please help us to prioritise and keep people safe by not calling us unless it’s an emergency or you need a specific police response.
This includes not calling us with questions about whether you can/can’t visit relatives or feed livestock and reporting issues with your employer or their protective measures in place.
If you have questions about businesses continuing to operate, trading standards and your local authority are the lead agency on this.
You can report non-emergency incidents online here: http://orlo.uk/vFvaT