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Police patrols increased in Harrogate following spike in visitors to the town

North Yorkshire police have stepped up patrols in Harrogate following an increase in the number of people visiting the town.

Reports have been filed of people having picnics, residents drinking in the streets, groups congregating in the town centre and people meeting up to go for walks, despite the Government’s measures instructing people to ‘stay at home’.

Reports have been filed of people congregating in the town centre and people meeting up to go for walks Credit: PA

It is really disappointing that we are having to step up our patrols in Harrogate today.

Whilst we know the majority of people in the town are doing the right thing and staying at home, despite the beautiful weather, it is unacceptable that some people are showing such a blatant disregard for the Government’s guidance.

To those who think the rules don’t apply to them, please remember our NHS colleagues and the very difficult job they are doing right now and please remember the people who’ve lost their loved ones and the reasons why these restrictions are now part of our way of life.

We are all in this together, we need your help, and each one of us can do a little bit that will make not just a huge difference, but the difference between life and death.

Please play your part, stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

– Penny Taylor, Harrogate’s Neighbourhood Policing Inspector