A message from our Chief Constable Jo Farrell and Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner, Steve White: " The measures annouced by the Prime Minister last night are there to save lives and protect our loved ones.
“So far, the overwhelming majority of the people of County Durham and Darlington have supported efforts to fight the virus in this unprecedented emergency and we thank you for your continued assistance.
“Now every single one of us can save lives simply by following the latest Government instructions to stay at home and reduce the spread of the virus.
- Do not leave the house other than to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise per day, for medical needs and to travel to and from work, but only when it cannot be done at home
- All non-essential shops and public places will be closed
- There should be no public gatherings of more than two people
“We know that many of you are already adhering to these measures, and have done so for some time. We thank you all for your ongoing support and understanding – by doing this, you are helping to save the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.
“We are working with the Government to consider how these rules can most effectively be enforced and will work closely with our communities to ensure that people know what is expected of them. Throughout this our officers will be continuing respond to emergencies and to deal with serious crime.
“This is a very fast-moving situation and we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure we can continue to protect you and uphold the service that keeps the public safe every day.
“The emergency services, NHS, councils and other partners are all working around the clock to ensure that communities are supported, and that lives are saved.
“We are all in this together - now is the time to do your bit by following Government advice to stay at home.”
Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2020