'Follow the spirit of the lockdown restrictions'

The Devon and Cornwall Police crest on the window of a police car

Devon and Cornwall Police say 'follow the spirit' of the Covid-19 lockdown - Credit: Archant

Police have asked East Devon communities to 'follow the spirit' of the Government's Covid-19 guidance, not just the 'letter of the law'.

Since the first five days of the national lockdown restrictions, police say they have received around 885 Covid-related reports of which 699 were deemed suitable for 3es (engage, explain and encourage) action.

Some 36 fixed penalty notices have been issued, this includes nine for outdoor gatherings, four for leaving house without reasonable excuse and for 15 indoor gatherings.

Officers have undertaken high-visibility patrols across the force which has resulted in more than 800 stop-checks and around a dozen fixed penalty notices being issued.

A police spokesman said: "Devon and Cornwall's roads do appear to be quieter as shown by the notable reduction in road traffic collisions since lockdown, and crime is down around 11 per cent compared to pre-lockdown figures.

"999 calls are down around 10 per cent but calls and contact to our 101 service is up around 23 per cent compared to the week prior to lockdown."

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