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Powerful plea from region's police chiefs: help us by playing your part in the battle against the virus

Police chiefs are urging the public to help out in the fight against the virus Credit: Cambs Police, Norfolk Police

Chief Constables from across the region have urged everyone to play their part in the fight against Covid-19.

Nick Dean from Cambridgeshire has issued a message telling people to be sensible, selfless and considerate of everyone.

By adhering to the measures put in place by the Prime Minister - staying at home, not congregating in crowds and only going out for essentials - we can work together to protect everyone, in particular the most vulnerable in our community, from this deadly virus.

We have seen over recent days the public of Cambridgeshire adhering to these restrictions, and we are extremely grateful for the cooperation and help that people have shown to the Constabulary. We will continue to do our very best to keep you safe but we cannot do it without your assistance.

– Nick Dean, Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire

His message has been repeated by top police officers from across the region. Simon Bailey from Norfolk said emergency workers were making sacrifices to save lives and he urged everyone to comply with the Government's advice.

The measures taken so far to limit social distancing have not had the necessary effect, with some people still going about their business as if the threat from coronavirus didn’t exist. I was staggered to hear that Wells was packed with visitors at the weekend. We all need to work together to protect our NHS and other public services so that we can ensure we can help you. There is no room for complacency.

– Simon Bailey, Chief Constable, Norfolk

I want to give my reassurance that we are well equipped to deal with this, but we need your help and support in managing this too. We are working alongside a large number of our partners as you would rightly expect, and it is really pleasing to see the offers of help and assistance that people have been giving to communities, especially where people are feeling most vulnerable.

– Nick Dean, Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire

Suffolk Police have also issued advice.

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Police say they've increased their neighbourhood policing capacity and will keep officers in their communities wherever possible.

They're asking people to follow them on social media for updates and use online services rather than dialling 101 and only call 999 in an emergency.

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