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North Yorkshire Police urge public to stay away from beauty spots this weekend

North Yorkshire Police have issued a clear message Credit: Philip Sedgwick

Police in rural areas of North Yorkshire are taking the urgent “stay at home, save lives” message to the Moors, Dales and coast this weekend.

In a clear message, officers are calling on people not to travel to popular countryside beauty spots – either by car or motorcycle – for exercise or any other non-essential reason.

Chief Inspector Ed Haywood-Noble, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Earlier this week, the Government announced significant changes to our way of life, instructing us to stay at home and only make essential journeys.

We do not want to see people travelling to beauty spots in rural areas for exercise or any other reason. In particular, do not arrange to meet up with family or friends. Instead, take your exercise near your home, with members of your household.

– Chief Inspector Ed Haywood-Noble, North Yorkshire Police

“And whether you’re in a car or on a motorcycle, do not go out ‘just for a drive’ or a ride in the countryside. What if you break down, or have a crash? You are putting lives at risk.

“So this weekend, officers across rural North Yorkshire will again be stopping vehicles and asking motorists where they are going, why they are going there, and reminding them of the message to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Inspector Matt Hagen, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, also asked rural residents to do their bit. He said: “People living in the Dales, Moors and other rural areas can also help us protect the NHS and save lives.”