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Vale Chief Inspector calls for the public to stick to Covid regulations this New Years Eve

 

The Chief Inspector of South Wales Police in the Vale of Glamorgan is urging residents to stick to Welsh Government set Covid regulations on New Years Eve and during the days and weeks to come.

Speaking to Bro Radio ahead of New Years Eve, Chief Inspector Tony Williams asked residents to "use their common sense".

"We are in alert level 4 and the virus is spreading across the Vale of Glamorgan, so what we are asking communities to have a safe New Years Eve, to refrain from any gatherings and parties, which may be a temptation at this time of year."

"We aren't living in normal times this year, we have a potentially deadly virus in our communities and for everyone to use an element of common sense - not to have gatherings, friends around etc."

All of Wales is in full lockdown at alert level four which means that people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes; people must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with; and many types of businesses are required to close. These rules will remain in place until at least January 9.

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With pubs and clubs closed due to Level 4 Restrictions, Police expect a very different New Years Eve - but despite that, still expect it to be one of their busiest nights of the year for Officers in the County.

The Chief Inspector said "We will have extra officers working this evening to ensure gatherings and parties don't happen - we don't want our officers to have to attend houses and be punitive in our approach, however we will take robust action if we do find these gatherings and we will act appropriately."

When asked what message he would send to those considering having or attending a house party, the Chief Inspector said "Simply don't do it. Not only will it be against the regulations, but it'll put you and your family potentially at risk from a deadly virus."

Listen: Vale Chief Inspector Tony Williams

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