People 'irresponsible' for ignoring social distancing rules says North Yorks police candidates

The three rival candidates battling to be the next  Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner of North Yorkshire  have issued a hard-hitting joint statement condemning 'irresponsible' people ignoring social distancing rules and asking for the public to help save lives.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 10:46 am

In a common message to all North Yorkshire residents, Philip Allott (Conservative Party), Keith Tordoff MBE (Independent) and Mark Christie (Liberal Democrats) said each and every person now had a part play during this national emergency.

Although the candidates are no longer campaigning since the planned-for May 7 election was pushed back to 2021, they all agree on one thing - each and every member of the public has a vital part to play during the national emergency which will help save lives.

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PFCC candidates - "Whilst many people are observing the rules on social distancing, others have been acting irresponsibly by gathering in large crowds in public places."

What the joint statement says

"As everyone knows, we are experiencing an unprecedented crisis with the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is putting a huge strain on the NHS, police, fire service and many other organisations, and we all need to help these dedicated people do their jobs as effectively and efficiently as they can in such difficult circumstances.

"Therefore, everyone must follow the Government's advice to stay at home whenever possible.

"Whilst many people are observing the rules on social distancing, others have been acting irresponsibly by gathering in large crowds in public places.

"Equally, panic-buying in the shops puts vulnerable people at risk and also makes it difficult for our key workers to buy essential supplies.

"There have been far too many instances of older people, nurses, doctors and others being unable to get the food they need.

"This is completely unacceptable and has to stop now.

"As candidates for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections in 2021, we are asking each and every one of you to play your part during this national emergency.

"It really will save lives. Thank you in anticipation for your support."

by Philip Allott (Conservative Party), Keith Tordoff MBE (Independent), Mark Christie (Liberal Democrats)

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