The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police has tweeted a no-nonsense message in response to numerous reports of businesses, and individuals, breaching COVID-19 regulations.
Chief Constable Garry Forsyth was responding to a tweet published by Bedfordshire Police after officers issued a fine and a prohibition notice at ‘Gainz Fitness & Strength in Bedford on Thursday (5th November).
Officers had received reports from members of the public that the gym was remaining open, despite the introduction of a new four-week lockdown.
The owner of the gym was served with a prohibition notice, whilst three gym-goers were handed fines.
Talking about the action, CC Forsyth tweeted to say:
‘To be clear….this is the law. We are the police; we enforce the law.
‘If you choose to disregard the law, that’s your choice but don’t be surprised when we enforce it.
‘People are dying every day.
‘We continue to work with the support of our communities and we will enforce this law’.
This latest enforcement action from Bedfordshire Police comes as several videos have emerged on social media of gym and soft-play owners trying to avoid COVID restrictions by citing the 805-year-old Magna Carta.
So-called ‘freemans of the land’ have been filmed, by the business owners themselves, telling officers that they ‘refuse to enter into a contract’ with the police.
Many of the individuals citing the Magna Carta incorrectly believe that a clause within the centuries-old text that requires guardians to maintain “houses, parks, fish preserves, ponds [and] mills” will somehow exempt them from the 2020 COVID regulations.
Other business owners have filmed themselves confronting police officers after posting Clause 61 of the Magna Carta on their windows.
Clause 61 is a ‘general defence of liberty’ (intended to protect citizens in the 11th century).
Most business owners who try to use these bizarre ploys to avoid COVID regulations end up getting hefty fines or end up getting arrested if they refuse to provide their details for the penalty to be processed.
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