Update from West Yorkshire’s Deputy PCC ahead of the Bank Holiday
Isabel Owen, West Yorkshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC), said: “I do not underestimate the impact current restrictions are having on our communities, particularly so in Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees, along with the pressures of trying to maintain a form of normal life.
“Events that we have all looked forward to continue to be cancelled and I know it’s a very frustrating and confusing time, especially for young people.
“What is of paramount importance though is that we all continue to work together to stop the spread of the virus which in turn will keep restrictions to a minimum.
“Good hygiene, social distancing, wearing a face mask where appropriate and getting tested if you have symptoms (or have been in contact with someone with symptoms) are our best defence.
“Measures have been introduced to tackle those who selfishly seek to put on and attend large illegal gatherings, events which risk mass transmission and all the repercussions which would arise from that. New fines for the organisers as well as specific dispersal orders in Leeds have been introduced for this weekend.
“Police Officers will continue to champion engagement and will use enforcement as a last resort, but importantly, they will use it where needed.
“I would also ask that you spare a thought for West Yorkshire Police officers and staff, and indeed all emergency service staff who will be working hard over the weekend. They all sacrifice time with loved ones to help to keep us safe.
“To anyone that needs support in relation to Covid-19 I would urge you to visit our webpages https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/coronavirus which contain information on the help available coping with the current changes as well as specific crime and community safety issues. For those without use of the internet you can always call the office for further information on 01924 29400.
“I hope you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend whatever your plans are, and crucially, stay safe.”