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Coronavirus: Suffolk police chief constable calls on communities to comply with government directive

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Steve Jupp, Suffolk's chief constable has called upon communities in the county to follow government advice and not defy strict new rules announced last night.

Mr Jupp highlighted the importance of protecting the NHS after new government rules banned public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together and ordered people to stay at home.

New legislation has given police powers to disperse public gatherings and fine those who disobey.

Police are urging people to listen
Police are urging people to listen

Mr Jupp said: "It is imperative people comply with these new measures to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed and to ensure lives are saved. The moves so far to limit social distancing have not had the necessary effect, with some people still going about their business as if the threat from coronavirus didn’t exist. It has to stop."

The new legislation was passed after another 967 cases of coronavirus were announced nationally yesterday.

For more on the latest government advice, click here.