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    Police in Tier 1 Cornwall launch ‘anti-pint patrol’ to stop sneaky drinkers jumping border

    Ale-o ‘ello ‘ello! Police in Tier 1 Cornwall launch ‘anti-pint patrol’ to stop sneaky drinkers from Devon jumping the border for a crafty beer

    • Cornwall is the only region in mainland Britain to be in tier one from Wednesday
    • There are fears people in other parts of the country will descend on Cornwall
    • The government has warned people not travel to the county to visit its pubs 
    • Devon and Cornwall police will use 10 patrol cars to enforce government rules 

    Drinkers plotting to visit Cornwall to take advantage of less strict tier one pub restrictions this weekend will have to dodge ‘anti-pint’ police patrols.

    From Wednesday, Cornwall will become the only place on mainland Britain where punters can go drinking in a pub without ordering a ‘substantial meal’.

    However, pubs in the county say they have already been fielding calls from punters in neighbouring Devon asking when they will be open and are fearful they could be overwhelmed over the weekend.  

    To combat this, Devon and Cornwall police has revealed it will use a fleet of ten patrol cars to target ‘Covid-related matters’. 

    It comes after the government confirmed it is against the rules for anyone not living in Cornwall to travel into it, either by road or sea, to go to the pub.

    A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said its patrols would ensure the new tier-based rules were all adhered to. 

    Devon and Cornwall police will use 10 patrol cars to target people flouting coronavirus rules – including those who visit Cornwall from higher tier regions to visit pubs (stock pic)

    Landlady Amy Newland at the White Hart in Chilsworthy, Cornwall, which is right on the Devon border, is scared of drinkers flocking to her pub

    Landlady Amy Newland at the White Hart in Chilsworthy, Cornwall, which is right on the Devon border, is scared of drinkers flocking to her pub

    Landlady Amy Newland at the White Hart in Chilsworthy, Cornwall, which is right on the Devon border, said: ‘People have been ringing me up from across the border in Plymouth already saying they are going to be popping over for a beer and asking what time we open.

    ‘It’s scary as we are just a small country pub and it is going to be very difficult for us to police.

    ‘You don’t know where people are coming from.’

    Craig Howe, owner of The Rising Sun just over the border in Gunnislake, Cornwall, added: ‘We do think people are going to be jumping over the border and we might have to put on extra staff to make sure everybody is sticking to the rules.’

    James Nicholson, of Saltash, Cornwall, added: ‘I can imagine everyone now wanting to come into Cornwall to go to the pub. It is understandable, but too many people could cause problems.

    ‘I am not sure we need the police patrols, that may be a bit too much, but we want to keep the rates low so we can stay in tier one.

    ‘People have been joking that it could be like the summer on the Tamar Bridge and they may need to set up border checks to make sure you are a local resident. Maybe that’s what the police will need to do from Wednesday to stop everyone packing out our pubs.’ 

    A police statement said: ‘Following their successful use earlier in the year and as part of the Covid Surge Funding that the Force has received from the Government, Devon and Cornwall Police have made up to ten additional dedicated double-crewed units to be available to patrol at various locations across the force area.

    ‘Their sole purpose will be to respond to Covid-related matters and these vehicles are additional to current response levels.

    ‘Funding of these units remains in place until the end of March 2021, but their use will remain under constant review and will naturally reflect the localised situation and tier that the Government has placed our area within.

    The onerous tiered system will be in place across England from December 3 until the end of March, the Prime Minister said

    The onerous tiered system will be in place across England from December 3 until the end of March, the Prime Minister said

    ‘Our policing approach from those working within these vehicles is the same as our wider approach, and that is to engage, explain and encourage people to comply, and as a last resort consider enforcement via a fixed penalty notice.’ 

    The announcement by the police has been ridiculed by some, however who claimed officers should have better things to do than stop someone ‘going for a pint.’

    Joe Sutton, who lives just over the border in Plymouth, Devon, said: ‘I have never heard of anything so ridiculous.

    ‘Surely the police have better and more important things to do than this. I know a lot of people who are talking about going over the border to the pub once lockdown ends. Are the police just going to turn them all away or arrest them?

    ‘It’s a crazy situation.’ 

    People in Cornwall, along with those in the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight, will be living under Tier 1 measures – which allow socialising inside homes and pubs subject to the Rule of Six – after the blanket national lockdown ends on December 2.

    But nearly 99 per cent of England will be in the toughest two levels, including neighbouring Devon. 

    Under tier two rules, pubs will only be able to serve alcohol with ‘substantial’ meals. 

    Tier three will be brought in for huge swathes of the country including the bulk of the North, much of the Midlands, all of Kent, and Bristol. 

    Soon after last week’s tiers announcement, worried Cornish residents took to Twitter and local media to warn people from other parts of the country to stay away. 

    One wrote that it was ‘beyond stupid’ because ‘people from high rate areas will descend’ on the region, prompting another to reply, ‘God help Cornwall’.   

    Another concerned woman wrote, ‘with Cornwall being one of three places on the lowest tier, please don’t think it’s ok to come here if you’re in the highest tiers because it’s really not.’ 

    A third asked other Britons, ‘don’t all come to Cornwall now please just let us have our moment.’ 

    A fourth Twitter user claimed putting Cornwall into Tier 1 was ‘asking for trouble’ and there would be ‘tourists inbound’.

    Another resident demanded, ‘everyone stay away from Cornwall please, we’re ok on our own down here!’

    And in comments on articles by local news outlets, residents were similarly unhappy about a potential influx of Britons from elsewhere.  

    One said that while people in the region should feel ‘very fortunate’ to be in Tier 1, they hoped people from other tiers ‘treat that with the respect it deserves.’ 

    They added: ‘Other than masks, the rule of six, self-isolation, etc we’re pretty much back to a normal life or as much as a normal life can be.

    ‘We as individuals now control our destiny in terms of can we keep ourselves in Tier 1 or will peoples actions result in moving up a Tier.’ 

    New coronavirus tiers: which one is your home in? 

    TIER THREE: VERY HIGH

    North East

    Tees Valley Combined Authority:

    Hartlepool

    Middlesbrough

    Stockton-on-Tees

    Redcar and Cleveland

    Darlington

    North East Combined Authority:

    Sunderland

    South Tyneside

    Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    North Tyneside

    County Durham

    Northumberland

    North West

    Greater Manchester

    Lancashire

    Blackpool

    Blackburn with Darwen

    Yorkshire and The Humber

    The Humber

    West Yorkshire

    South Yorkshire

    West Midlands

    Birmingham and Black Country

    Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

    Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

    East Midlands

    Derby and Derbyshire

    Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

    Leicester and Leicestershire

    Lincolnshire

    South East

    Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)

    Kent and Medway

    South West

    Bristol

    South Gloucestershire

    North Somerset

    TIER 2: HIGH

    North West

    Cumbria

    Liverpool City Region

    Warrington and Cheshire

    Yorkshire

    York

    North Yorkshire

    West Midlands

    Worcestershire

    Herefordshire

    Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

    East Midlands

    Rutland

    Northamptonshire

    East of England

    Suffolk

    Hertfordshire

    Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough

    Norfolk

    Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea

    Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

    London

    All 32 boroughs plus the City of London

    South East

    East Sussex

    West Sussex

    Brighton and Hove

    Surrey

    Reading

    Wokingham

    Bracknell Forest

    Windsor and Maidenhead

    West Berkshire

    Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton

    Buckinghamshire

    Oxfordshire

    South West

    South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor

    Bath and North East Somerset

    Dorset

    Bournemouth

    Christchurch

    Poole

    Gloucestershire

    Wiltshire and Swindon

    Devon

    TIER 1: MEDIUM 

    South East

    Isle of Wight

    South West

    Cornwall

    Isles of Scilly

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