AIR 107.2 has received reports of planned mass gathering events being planned in Weymouth in response to lockdown measures introduced by the Government. In order to prevent further publicity of this event – we are withholding the details.
The gatherings, which are thought to originate by the so-called “UK Freedom Movement”, have been circulating in various social media groups across the town.
Dorset Police say they are aware of the planned event and have issued the following statement:
“We have been made aware of a planned ‘mass gathering’ event in Bournemouth & Weymouth, as well as others elsewhere in the country, which are circulating on social media and are liaising with the local authorities.We are reminding individuals of their responsibilities in adhering to current Government advice to stop the infection rate from rising. The Government has prohibited by law all public gatherings of more than two people, except for people from the same household.It is vital that everyone continues to act responsibly in public places, as the large majority have done. In keeping the coronavirus under control, we are protecting the NHS and saving lives.
Anyone not following the Government regulations will be given advice around current social distancing measures and will be dispersed.
We will continue to use discretion and to engage, explain and encourage. Where necessary, and only as a last resort, our officers can issue fines, which the Government has increased to now start at £100.”
On Wednesday, lockdown measures were relaxed by the Government but legislation still restricts large scale mass gatherings. Other gatherings by the group have also been planned for other major UK cities, but have been met with widespread criticism.
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