In a Facebook post Buxton safer neighbourhood policing team said: ‘No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once) in Buxton. However, the location is dangerous and this type of gathering is in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government.
‘With this in mind, we have attended the location this morning and used water dye to make the water look less appealing.’
The glee with which some officers have taken to enforcing these new legislative powers – and the inventive methods they’ve taken to do so – should provide the warning we surely don’t need now that the old way of life in Britain has gone forever.
The post drew ire from nearby residents who accused the local police force of using an over-aggressive strategy since the outbreak.
Local resident Alex John Desmond wrote on Facebook: ‘This is a joke, the way this force is acting is not representative of policing by consent which is the way the UK is meant to be governed. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You have taken something beautiful and damaged it.’
He added that the force was promoting a culture of ‘shaming’ individuals found outside, claiming that he was shouted at while on his first trip out since lockdown began.
How much more of this can social life in Britain take? No more can we look at North Korea and Venezuela and say ‘Well, that’d never happen here’. It will.