Police enforcing the UK’s coronavirus lockdown are stopping people in their cars to check what they are doing.
Cops have been spotted carrying out spot checks in parts of the country after the shutdown was declared last night.
Officers were seen stopping vehicles in Newquay, Cornwall this afternoon and ensuring drivers weren’t defying the lockdown.
One witness told Cornwall Live: "Police road blocks in action Newquay. Stopping everyone, and asking purpose of journey."
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police later confirmed to Cornwall Live that its officers are now stopping people to ensure their journey is essential.
They said: "Today in Cornwall a number of neighbourhood patrols have carried out stop checks on vehicles travelling within the county.
“The purpose of these checks is to engage with the public and to explain and reiterate the request from government, ensuring people have considered if their journey is essential.
"The purpose, at this time, is not to enforce the direction set out by the government, but to prepare communities for the new police powers which will be put in place in the coming days.
"This measure is one of many that the force have actioned today, including high visibility foot patrols, pro-active discussions around Public Health England advice and deploying units as broadly as possible.
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"This is an ever changing situation and we will maintain an agile approach."
The move comes as Daily Star Online reported many Brits were caught flouting the lockdown today – on just day one of the draconian measure.
People headed outdoors in big groups to go camping, hold barbecues and gather in town and city centres in a reckless act of defiance.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the drastic measure in a TV address to the nation on Monday night, ordering Brits to stay indoors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
His announcement means people are now only allowed out of their homes to shop for necessities, exercise, for medical needs or to travel to and from work.
All public gatherings of more than two people are also banned, with all non-essential shops forced to close along with gyms, libraries, churches, hotels and campsites.
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