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Borough residents thanked for helping to save lives

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Residents in the borough have been thanked by council and police bosses for staying at home – and helping to save lives – over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Borough parks and nature reserves were reported as being quiet despite the glorious weather, with the “vast majority” of residents following government guidelines to stay at home where possible.

Police were out on patrol to speak to a small minority, reminding and educating them of the need for social distancing to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Officers were assisted over the weekend by Dudley Council youth workers and park activators helping to convey the message.

Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

I was really pleased to see that the vast majority of people in the borough stayed at home over the Easter weekend.
We realise these are difficult times, asking people to stay inside when the weather outside is so beautiful.
But the vast majority of people who are following the government guidelines are quite literally helping to protect our NHS, and save lives.
I would like to thank them and urge them to continue to stay at home where possible, and to use our parks and nature reserves sparingly and responsibly, so we can beat this together.

Sally Bourner, Chief Superintendent, Dudley Neighbourhood Policing Unit Commander, said:

I would like to add my thanks to the vast majority of people across our borough who continued to act responsibly in line with government restrictions over the recent Easter bank holiday weekend.
Our officers are patrolling across our borough engaging with people, explaining the restrictions and encouraging people to comply, with enforcement being a last resort.
We are working closely with Dudley Council and other partners to ensure everyone continues to play their part in complying which government restrictions which are in place to save lives and protect the NHS.

Himley Hall and Park is closed, but other parks and nature reserves are currently open as normal.

Government advice says that people should only head outdoors if it is essential, such as for their one form of daily exercise. But people must carry out social distancing at all times and remain at least two metres apart from others.

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