Police create online form for public to report social distancing breaches

Police create online form for public to report social distancing breaches
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A NEW dedicated web page has been set up by Police for members of the public to report instances where they believe social distancing rules are not being followed.

The online form can be used to submit a complaint or report about a person not adhering to required social distancing; a gathering of people in breach of social distancing requirements, a person repeatedly travelling for non-essential purposes or a bar or licensed premises remaining open.

Last month, the government introduced restrictions on when people can leave their homes including to buy essentials, for medical reasons, to exercise or travel to and from their workplace.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd is encouraging members of the public to use the new web process sensibly to report breaches where the rules are being flouted.

ACC Todd said: “We want to resolve situations where the restrictions are being contravened without having to resort to enforcement powers or issuing fines.

“However, where breaches do occur, we want to make it as easy as possible for members of the public to tell us while, at the same time, making sure that the ‘101’ number remains available and accessible to those who need to report a crime or an incident.”

Since the 28th March until today (Friday, 10th April), ACC Todd said Police Service NI has received 906 complaints of the restrictions not being adhered to including people making non-essential journeys, not adhering to social distancing or gatherings in public places.

To access the new web reporting process go to www.psni.police.uk/covid19

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