Changes in the coronavirus regulations mean people in England can now lawfully travel long distances to exercise and enjoy the fresh air. But there are fears popular tourist spots such as the Lake District and the beaches of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall will be inundated with visitors. And with the police not having the power to enforce social distancing, angry locals might take the law into their own hands.
In the north-east, an area with one of the highest infection rates in the country, police issued a warning after finding nail traps in Guisborough Woods, a popular spot for walkers.
Similar traps, made of drawing pins, were found on paths near Bournemouth in Dorset and Martyn Underhill, the local police and crime commissioner, admitted he was worried about the weekend.
He said: “With the unknown of how many people are coming and the unknown of how the local population are going to react, I am nervous. This is a trial run for next weekend’s Bank Holiday.”
In some areas, councils have told outsiders they are not welcome, and there were fears that the predicted influx could result in vigilante attacks.
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “Officers are warning members of the public to be cautious when exercising in these areas, as the nail traps could be extremely dangerous to people and animals and could cause serious harm.”
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Published at Sat, 16 May 2020 07:13:00 +0000