Coronavirus lockdown Brits shame neighbours not following strict government rules as police 101 line inundated

CORONAVIRUS lockdown Brits are today shaming their neighbours for ignoring strict government rules by phoning cops.

Cops have said the 101 line has become inundated after officers were given special powers to impose Boris Johnson’s string of drastic measures.

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Furious officers today shared the moment they caught sunbathers enjoying the sun in a London parks during the lockdown.

And it seems they are getting help from members of the public who are keen to report their neighbours if they break the rules and leave their homes unnecessarily.

One person, from Rugby, Warks, posted an image of a builder working on his elderly neighbours’ home and said: “This is supposed to be on lockdown”.

He wrote: “It’s not being taken seriously at all. My elderly neighbours have builders in today. This is supposed to be on lockdown.”


Another woman, from Lincolnshire, added: “Neighbours had a visitor today, what is so hard to understand about lockdown?”

A woman, from the Isle of Man, posted footage of men working on her neighbour’s house.

She asked: “Questions…should these men even be working now during the lock down?

“Is this essential work? If so why do they not work indoors to prevent noise pollution to neighbours? Should they not be practicing social distancing measures, which clearly they are not?”

Police chiefs have now warned Brits that the phone lines are being inundated with calls after Mr Johnson’s statement on Monday night.

West Midlands Chief Constable, Dave Thompson, said the force is “already receiving many calls on potential breaches of these arrangements”.

It’s not being taken seriously at all. My elderly neighbours have builders in today. This is supposed to be on lockdown.

He added that the public could ring 101, rather than 999, with information about large-scale breaches.

Police were yesterday forced to order members of the public to leave Shepherd's Bush Green in west London.

And the officers say the government's advice is clear and Brits must stop treating the situation "like a holiday".

In a video posted on Twitter, Met Police officers approach the sunbathers before telling them through a loudspeaker: "You can't stay on the green. Can you all go home, please?

"It's not a holiday – it's a lockdown. You can't just come here and sunbathe.

"Can you please just leave? Can you please get off the green? Go home."


In a Tweet, police said they'd given "clear advice" to people "sunbathing in groups while we have a national health emergency".

Yesterday, officers in Coventry were forced to break up a group of 20 people who had gathered for a barbecue.

Meanwhile, cops were spotted standing by a mobile phone kiosk in Hackney, North East London, as employees packed away tables and chairs about 11.20am yesterday.

And in another incident in the capital, mounted officers were seen asking a customer to wait outside a bakery while another was being served to comply with the social distancing policies.

The draconian measures which will change every aspect of Brits' lives included:

  • All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden– meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms
  • Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close
  • Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves
  • Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals

Anyone who flouts the new crackdown will face fines of up to £1,000 or even arrest when cops are given emergency powers.

Police now have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of £30 for meeting, with legislation expected to be passed later this week.

The Met Police confirmed: "Police will be out as usual patrolling the streets of London and will use today to speak to people about the new restrictions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"While we fully anticipate the public and business in London will want to adhere to the new restrictions, if we suspect anyone to be in breach of the restrictions we will speak to them, explain what the restrictions require them to do and ask them to comply in order to help prevent the spread of the virus and ultimately save lives."


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