More than 20 Covid warnings issued in Wiltshire on New Year’s Eve

More than 20 formal warnings were issued for Covid-19 breaches last night by Wiltshire Police.

A spokesperson from the Force said the vast majority of calls they received on New Year’s Eve were from people reporting potential house parties and large gatherings.

They were also called to a pub in Trowbridge – currently under tier 3 restrictions – which was open for a small group of people attending a private party.

“We attended a licenced premises in Trowbridge shortly after 10pm last night (31 December) and found a small group of people attending a private party.

“They were spoken to by officers and will be dealt with in due course,” a spokesperson said.

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police Kier Pritchard told BBC Radio Wiltshire this morning that last night’s celebrations were dominated by reports of house parties and other COVID breaches.

“They included large groups gathering in Bradford-on-Avon,” he said.

But despite a number of breaches, it was a “relatively quiet” New Year’s Eve.

Superintendent Adrian Burt said that the vast majority of people across Swindon and Wiltshire had adhered to the Government’s restrictions and seen in the New Year at home with members of their own household.

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He said: “Although there were a small number of incidents where people were flouting the rules, overall we saw a very quiet and peaceful New Year’s Eve.

“I would like to thank our communities for their cooperation. I know that many will have been disappointed not to have had their usual celebrations, but it is clear that we need to work together to try to bring the spread of Covid-19 under control.

“Please remember that Swindon is currently in Tier 4, while Wiltshire is in Tier 3, so if you are unsure about the current restrictions, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information.”

For all the latest on coronavirus restrictions across Somerset see here.

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