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We must not let our sacrifices go to waste

Last weekend saw the re-opening of pubs, bars and restaurants thanks to the governments easing of the coronavirus restrictions.


A significant policing plan had been put in place to ensure that Avon and Somerset Police were able to respond quickly to emerging issues and crimes as bars and restaurants re-opened for the first time in nearly four months. As expected, the policing demand did increase but thankfully there were no significant incidents.


I know the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to frustrate many people but I am grateful for the support shown to the police. Thanks to your positive behaviour, you helped minimise disruption and helped keep local people safe.


I am well aware that in the past sometimes the police have got it wrong, but last weekend I am pleased that the proactive policing operations that took place were successful and local people were kept safe.


Although I am pleased that we did not see any significant incidents in Avon and Somerset last weekend as local people visited local pubs and restaurants once again, we must be mindful that the virus has not gone away.


Earlier this week we saw three pubs close, one of those in our local area, due to visitors testing positive for the virus. This is a harsh reminder that we must continue to be cautious, act with common sense and ensure that the sacrifices of the last four months do not go to waste.


I’d like to say a huge thank you to the majority of you who have behaved responsibly since lockdown restrictions eased, I hope we see the same positive behaviour in the coming weeks.


I would particularly like to thank those that had the courage to report any suspect behaviour. Without your calls and information there could have been significant disruption in our communities.


As we continue to recover from this global pandemic, we must continue to work together to keep our communities safe.


This weekend, let’s continue to show compassion towards one another and stay safe.


Posted on Thursday 9th July 2020
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