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Residents urged to report Covid breaches to Police

by Alison Cornmell

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Merseyside Police have been working hard to keep residents safe and Knowsley’s local policing team continue to remind local residents to stay safe and follow Covid-19 guidance.

Officers also urge residents to share any breaches of guidelines that they witness or know of. This could include failure to wear a face covering where advised, social distancing not being adhered to, groups of more than six people congregating socially or visiting other people’s homes.  You can do this by calling 101 or online.

Chief Inspector, Phil Mullally, Knowsley Community Policing Team said: “We urge residents to share any information they can with us to ensure we can respond to those areas of the borough where guidelines are not being followed. With this information officers can engage with the public, encourage people to adhere to the new restrictions, explain why it is so important and where necessary we will take enforcement action.”

Those who do not follow officer instructions, and are over 18, risk being given a £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days or a £400 fine for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “It’s essential that we all follow these measures to stop the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister indicated that if COVID-19 cases don’t start to come down, further measures will be imposed. So, if there are people in our communities who are breaching guidelines please report it. We appreciate people may feel uncomfortable doing this but you can do it anonymously and is for the greater good and future recovery of Knowsley.”

You can read a full set of Q&As here with full details of what the new restrictions are.