Lancashire Police have taken to Facebook to warn would-be criminals in Preston and beyond that officers will have a ‘very visible’ presence during this latest lockdown.Advertisement
They emphasised that this will especially be the case at night-time.
The Facebook post said: “The restrictions mean that those intent on criminal behaviour become very visible to us and we’ll be out targeting them, looking to make arrests and keep people safe.”
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The post also said people shouldn’t be offended if they’re approached by officers while out and about.
“If you’re a key worker or have another reasonable excuse for being out, please don’t be offended if we stop to talk to you – our officers are just doing their job and it’s right for them to be inquisitive.
“The vast majority of interactions we have are really positive and supportive, and we want to thank the majority of the public who are doing all they can to limit the spread.
“We’re proud of the county’s response, all the way from March 2020, but we need to make sure we persevere and people follow the rules.”
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The announcement comes after multiple businesses were found by police to be breaking Covid lockdown rules.
Businesses have been issued fines or notices for these breaches.
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