Police have caught a brazen family who flouted social distancing rules to have a sit-down meal in the street, while other officers stopped people exercising in a park in the West Midlands.
Other covidiots were also slammed by a passer-by who berated the ‘selfish pair’ for grilling their food at an outdoor seating area in Glasgow.
West Midlands Police have released bodycam footage of officers confronting people flouting strict lockdown rules in Birmingham.
One brazen family were caught eating a large meal on the driveway outside their home on Good Friday (April 10).
West Midlands police have blasted Covidiots after released bodycam footage of a family tucking into a huge feast on their driveway
Police caught the family eating kebab and chips around dining tables next to the path on the evening of Good Friday
In another clip, a female officer approaches two men who had taken a barbell, weights and boxing gloves into a park
A police patrol pulled up outside the mid-terraced property at 6.40pm where the family were eating kebabs and chips around dining tables right next to the path.
One officer asks the group: ‘What’s going on guys?
‘You need to put all this away.
‘You know the situation at the moment. Everyone is meant to be in their houses. What’s going on here then?’
A man wearing shorts and t-shirt immediately apologised, before telling the officers: ‘I will put this in the house.’
The officers were then forced to tell the family that they were flouting lockdown rules and as a result would have to move inside
A man wearing shorts and t-shirt immediately apologised, before telling the officers: ‘I will put this in the house’
WHAT CAN YOU AND CAN’T YOU DO DURING LOCKDOWN
A three-page document, entitled ‘what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live’ has been produced by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing.
The regulations say householders can go outside if there’s a ‘reasonable excuse’, such as shopping for essential items, providing medical help and for exercise.
It says buying food for several days, including ‘luxury items’, including alcohol, is likely to be reasonable and is not restricted to just basic food supplies.
People are not allowed to buy paint and brushes ‘simply to redecorate a kitchen’ but can purchase tools and supplies to repair a fence.
On exercise, the guidance lists driving to the countryside for a walk as ‘reasonable’ if ‘far more time’ is spent walking than driving. However, driving for a ‘prolonged period with only brief exercise’ is not reasonable.
Under the guidance, police are advised not to intervene if people stop to rest or eat lunch while on a long walk, but short walks to sit on a park bench are not allowed.
Meanwhile in Glasgow, a woman blasted ‘selfish idiots’ for having a barbecue in public during the lockdown period.
Some video footage shows the woman yelling ‘you make me sick’ at a couple who were cooking food at Spiers Wharf on the Clyde and Forth Canal in the centre of Glasgow at the weekend.
The clip of the incident sees the woman keeping her distance as she yells at the couple taking in the warm weather at a table overlooking the canal.
She goes on to shout: ‘People’s families are dying every day and you’re having a party.’
The couple’s response is inaudible, but the woman quickly adds: ‘That’s not the point. What makes you so special that you can party and the rest of us are all stuck inside?
‘The problem is that you are a pair of selfish idiots.’
In another clip in the West Midlands, a female officer approaches two men who had taken a barbell, weights and boxing gloves into a park.
She tells them: ‘Guys I know you’ve come out to exercise but if you’ve got equipment like you’ve got with you, you can do that at home, you don’t need to be in the park to do it.’
In another example of Covidiots breaking lockdown rules, three young men were caught drinking alcohol outside a Tesco supermarket near New Street Station in Birmingham’s city centre.
The male officer says: ‘Don’t sit down mate, whatever you do, don’t sit down, put your booze away. Get home.
‘I’m guessing you know what the strong advice is? It’s law.’
More than 1,429 people have died from Covid-19 in the West Midlands so far making it the worst hit area outside of London.
Meanwhile in Glasgow, a woman blasted ‘selfish idiots’ for having a barbecue in public during the lockdown period
The officer informed the men that the fact they were using equipment meant they could do the exercise at home
West Midlands Police say patrols have been targeting people breaking the rules after receiving tip-offs from members of the public online.
A spokesperson said: ‘Where we’ve had reports online of people not following the rules, we’ve used this information to target our patrols.’
Sergeant Dave Taylor said: ‘To police this, which is something we’ve never had to do before, we’re trying to use a common sense approach with people.’
In a third example of people flouting the rules, three young men were caught drinking alcohol outside a Tesco supermarket by Birmingham New Street Station
A male officer approached them and told them not to sit down and go home as advised by the lockdown rules
West Midlands Police say patrols have been targeting people breaking the rules after receiving tip-offs from members of the public online
More than 1,429 people have died from Covid-19 in the West Midlands so far making it the worst hit area outside of London