Wolverhampton police conduct all out day in response to high covid cases
Yesterday (15 January) neighbourhood bobbies took to the streets of Wolverhampton alongside partners from the local authority to proactively engage with the public in response to a high number of covid cases in the city.
The day of action saw officers, both uniformed and plain clothed, cover the whole of Wolverhampton, including Bilston, Whitmore Reans, Wednesfield and the city centre aiming at supporting retail locations, such as shopping centres, retail parks and supermarkets.
“It was encouraging to see so many people complying with the regulations. Compared to previous all out days, so many more people were wearing masks and following distancing rules and I really want to thank them for playing their part in trying to stop the spread of the deadly virus in our city.” These are the words of Wolverhampton Inspector Sophie Clement.
Although the majority of people were following the rules, there were a small number of people that appeared to be blatantly ignoring the restrictions. Nearly 200 people were given directions to leave after not having a legitimate reason to be out of their homes or failing to wear face coverings correctly and three people were issued fines, including one person that had travelled from Crewe to visit a friend.
The high visibility presence and increased patrols saw officers arrest three people wanted for a variety of crimes, not related to coronavirus. A 47-year-old woman who was wanted for failing to appear, has since been charged with assaulting an emergency worker, after a police community support officer was spat on. She is due to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (16 January).
Inspector Clement added, “Overall, so many people were following the rules, but it was really disappointing to see that others were still ignoring these restrictions and ultimately increasing the risk to other people.
“We are committed to playing our part in enforcing the regulations and protecting the residents of Wolverhampton.”