People ‘not understanding’ rules of Dartmoor

Police on Dartmoor have issued warning notices to the increasing number of people heading there to get some fresh air in lockdown.

Large numbers of people are understood to be heading to the moors to take their daily exercise.

However, with its tough terrain, narrow lanes and private roads, this can cause issues.

Okehampton Police took to Twitter yesterday (Saturday, January 10) to fire a warning to emphasise how important it was for people to park in the right places.

“We’ve had reports of increased people on the moors,” said their tweet.

“Some clearly not understanding the sign they’ve driven past.

“Warning notices left on this occasion, but repeat offenders will be pursued. It’s not only an offence, but causing an obstruction in the event of an emergency.”

Inconsiderate parking can have a major impact on others.

Less than two weeks ago, a doctor carrying a batch of coronavirus vaccines required a police escort to make it to a care home in Princetown due to ‘exceptionally poor parking’.

On the same day, a number of motorists became stuck in their vehicles after driving up to the moors in the snow, despite the poor weather conditions and repeated pleas from the police.

The current Government rules on exercising state: “You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.”

Yesterday, Devon and Cornwall Police dealt with more than 250 Covid breaches – almost a third of its workload for the entire day.

Many of them involved holiday homes.

The warning comes as Covid-19 cases spiked in the Alphington & Marsh Barton area of Exeter, with 71 cases and a rate per 100,000 population of 967.

Yesterday, two more coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed in Devon’s hospitals, NHS England figures show.

One was confirmed at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and one at Torbay Hospital.

The deaths confirmed in today’s data mean that the total number of people that have sadly died in the county’s hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began is now at 467.

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