Lockdown rule-breakers travelling as far as Bolton to Pennington Flash

While most people have heeded government advice and observed the lockdown rules, police have warned others not to travel long distances to go exercising.
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Police in Leigh took to Facebook to chastise people who had travelled from as far as Warrington, Swinton and Bolton on Thursday (April 16) to Pennington Flash.

And other rule-breakers who don't live together have met up in separate cars, then got into one vehicle to have a chat.

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A statement on the GMP Leigh social media pages on Thursday said: "As we enter into at least another three weeks of lockdown, please can I remind you to check the government guidelines if you are unsure.

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"Today, after complaints were raised, patrols have attended Pennington Flash Country park, and spoke to people who had driven there from Warrington, Swinton, and Bolton.

"Also people who don't live together, who had met up in separate cars, then got into one car to have a chat. I know that it's difficult not to see loved ones, or to be deprived of travelling to exercise in somewhere as appealing as Pennington Flash, but these are the guidelines set by the government.

"Exercise as close to home as possible, and do not meet up or go out with others not in the same house hold.

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"Thanks to all the people who are abiding by the guidelines, and please stay safe and help protect our NHS."

More information of what can and can't be done during lockdown can be found by visiting https://crowd.in/9RVEEV