Police issue warning over plans for protest in Morecambe

Police have warned Lancaster and Morecambe residents not to take part in a planned protest at the weekend.

Friday, 20th November 2020, 12:18 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 12:22 pm
Police have been made aware of plans for a protest in Morecambe on Saturday.

They have been made aware of plans for a protest in Morecambe on Saturday.

They have now issued a warning to the public about the proposed event.

They said: "We would like to remind people that such events are illegal and those organising or attending such events could be fined or may even face arrest.

The UK, and especially the north west, remains in the Covid-19 pandemic. Legislation has been introduced to support a national 'Lockdown' aimed at reducing the spread of the virus, protecting public health and the wider health service.

"We would appeal to anyone considering organising or attending illegal gatherings and protests to consider the impact these events are having on our communities, on our health service and the ability of the police to keep the public safe.

"One of our roles is normally to facilitate peaceful protest but protests are no longer exempt from these restrictions. This means that whilst we are in lockdown, gatherings of more than two people outside who don't live together are illegal.

"We will continue to engage, explain restrictions and encourage compliance before enforcing, but people must take responsibility for their actions, and where gatherings or protests take place we are obliged to take action through dispersal, imposing of fines to attendees and organisers and making arrests where absolutely necessary."