Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, and Inspector Lee Page are urging residents to stay at home and to follow the Government’s guidance in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Yesterday (March 26th), Rachel spoke over the phone to the Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for Redditch and discussed the situation on the ground in the town to ensure the Government’s message is getting through.

The message is clear. Residents should be staying at home except for one of four reasons: to shop for necessities, for any medical need, for one form of exercise or to travel to and from work, but only when this work cannot be done at home.

The measures announced by the Prime Minister on Monday also prohibit all public gatherings of more than two people. Households can still leave the house together to exercise, but residents should not be meeting up with friends or family members who they do not live with.

Speaking following their phone call, Rachel said: “First of all I’d like to thank Lee and his team for everything they’re doing to keep us all safe.

“It was reassuring to hear from the Inspector that the vast majority of residents are abiding by the Government’s social distancing measures. It’s critical that we all follow these measures in order to protect our NHS and save lives.

“The main message we need to get across is that people should not be driving to local beauty spots or gathering in groups at the Arrow Valley Park. Unfortunately, a very small number of people have done this and it has got to stop. Officers will be patrolling these areas.

“The police now have powers to enforce the Government’s measures. The police’s main priority is to inform and educate the public about the measures, and the vast majority of people are listening, but of course officers will fine people if they are deliberately flouting the rules.

Inspector Lee Page said: “As we enter the critical phase of our policing response to COVID-19 we are working to focus our resources towards the front-line. I’m confident our communities will continue to work with us and we will support them in turn by educating and guiding wherever possible.

“It’s reassuring to see the majority of people respecting the new rules to protect themselves and their families. The advice is simple – stay home, save lives.”