POLICE chiefs have not ruled out bringing in roadblocks to enforce lockdown in Leicester.
Leicestershire police Chief Constable Simon Cole said the force was “thinking about all options” after being asked about roadblocks being imposed to stop people leaving the city.
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A police officer in the centre of Leicester as the city remains in lockdown[/caption]
Leicestershire police Chief Constable Simon Cole said road blocks were an option to stop people leaving the city[/caption]
And Mr Cole said he had “huge sympathy” with people living on streets that had been cut down the middle on the lockdown map but added: “You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.”
The city was he first to be placed into local lockdown in the UK after a surge in coronavirus cases over a two-week period.
Mr Cole said the force hopes “common sense will prevail” and will only enforce the restrictions as a last resort.
When asked about roadblocks being brought in, Mr Cole said: “We’re thinking about all of our options but we hope that common sense will prevail.
“Most people have complied here through the previous iterations of the lockdown.
‘STAY AT HOME’
“It’s a pretty simple equation really – we live in an area where there’s a very, very dangerous disease that makes people really ill, and we currently, sadly, lead the nation in that illness.
“What people are being asked to do is stay at home, what people are being asked to do is only travel if it’s absolutely essential.
“People need to decide about personal risk – you might really want a pint this Saturday.
“I’d really like a pint this Saturday. I won’t be having one, and I won’t be having one in a pub because I don’t want to risk my health or the health of my mates, or the health of my family.”
Police have also revealed they will issue fines as a last resort for those who breach the lockdown measures and travel from Leicester to Nottingham to shop or visit pubs this weekend.
Nottinghamshire Police will be working with British Transport Police to ensure people are not jumping on trains to nearby Nottingham to watch Leicester City play on super Saturday or enjoy a few pints as lockdown eases for the rest of the country.
Anyone spotted travelling from Leicester will be stopped and asked to return home, with £100 fines issued as a last resort.
A worker wearing a mask at the Walker’s Crisps factory in Leicester[/caption]
Meanwhile crisp maker Walkers has revealed 28 positive cases of Covid-19 at its factory in Leicester.
The company – which employs 1,400 people across the site in the Beaumont Leys area of the city – said it had seen a “steady increase” in the number of confirmed cases during June.
The company claims the rise “coincides with the roll-out and uptake of testing”.
Walkers said its track and trace procedure indicated the transmission of the virus was “not in our factory”.
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A spokesperson said: “We have shared our data and analysis with the health authorities and they support the view that our situation reflects transmission in the community and we do not have a transmission issue on site.”
The company added employees with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 were self-isolating on full pay.
A number of other food processing plants in Leicester have had confirmed cases of the infection, including Samworth Brothers and Pladis, which makes biscuits for McVities.
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