A POLICE force has warned locals they face £200 for throwing snowballs during the Covid lockdown.
Officers from West Mercia Police issued the stark warning after they received reports of people hurling snowballs at elderly people’s homes in Shropshire last night.
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Broseley and Wenlock police officers threatened £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules.[/caption]
The force expressed their concern on their Twitter page [/caption]
Neighbourhood cops for the Broseley and Much Wenlock areas said going to play in the snow was not a valid reason to be outdoors and could result in a hefty fine.
They wrote on Twitter: “There have been two reports of snowballs being thrown last night between 11 and 11.30pm.
“This is obviously not a justifiable reason to be out of your house, this behaviour is likely to result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules.”
They later added: “The snowballs reported being thrown in Broseley last night between 11 & 11:30pm were being thrown at the addresses of vulnerable elderly residents. This behaviour is not acceptable at any time.”
The officers had earlier revealed four fines had been issued to people in their force area for flouting Covid rules.
They added: “Four Fixed Penalty Notices were issued last night in Broseley for blatant breaches of the Coronavirus lockdown.
“These measures are in place to protect us all and to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed.”
Current rules state you can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household/bubble or on your own with one other person.
If I was fined for playing in the snow with my two kids – I’d tell the officer where to shove it
Furious local Josephine Manly
This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
The police threat of £200 fines for playing in the snow drew a mixed reaction from residents on social media, before it was explained elderly people had been targeted.
Joanne Eley wrote: “So you’re telling me I could be fined for playing in the snow – outdoors with people from my same household? That is beyond a joke.”
Andrea Waring added: “Antisocial behaviour like throwing snowballs at houses, yes. But if people are just out playing in the snow then I don’t understand this.”
Celine Bradley put: “I agree, people should not be outdoors unless for a good reason. We are in lockdown for a reason.”
Davina Taylor commented: “If you’d said 12 months ago police would be fining people for playing in the snow, you would have been laughed out of town.”
This is obviously not a justifiable reason to be out of your house, this behaviour is likely to result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules.
Officers from Broseley and Much Wenlock areas
Bev Henley added: “The country has gone mad” while Stephanie Bolton added: “Stop the world I want to get off.”
Megan Dorgan said: “If gangs of people are chucking snowballs then I understand but please use common sense West Mercia Police.”
Martha Beard said: “This is outrageous” and Kristen Bradley said: “Surely if I was sledging that would be exercise?”
Josephine Manly put: “If I was fined for playing in the snow with my two kids – I’d tell the officer where to shove it.”
This comes after two women revealed they were “surrounded by cops” and given a £200 fine each for driving five miles to go for a walk.
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Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were also told the drinks they had with them – two peppermint teas from Starbucks – were were classed “as a picnic.”
The pair said they were “surrounded by police” and read their rights when they arrived at Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire, just five miles from Ms Allen’s home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
The police force involved, Derbyshire Police, said driving for exercise was “not in the spirit” of lockdown.