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Police urge Surrey and Hampshire to "enjoy VE Day, but do so from home"

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Police urge Surrey and Hampshire to "enjoy VE Day, but do so from home"

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 8th May 2020.

Surrey and Hampshire's police forces say we must stick to the government's social distancing rules, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day today (8 May).

Surrey Police have told Eagle Radio stay-at-home street parties should mean exactly that - following the guidance and celebrating at home.

The force also confirmed it will have additional officers on hand, "to cope with any increase in demand", according to Superintendent Graham Barnett.

But, Superintendent Barnett added. he "hopes there won't be any because I hope that people will be sensible".

Head of local policing at Surrey Police, temporary assistant chief constable Alison Barlow. said they are encouraging communities to celebrate in their homes, online and on their doorsteps, rather than in parades and at street parties:

"People should continue to observe social distancing, especially if they are decorating the outside of their homes and officers will engage with members of the public in the first instance, to explain and encourage them to follow the government advice, to protect public health and the NHS. 

"While undertaking their duties across the county Surrey police officers will also be observing the two minute silence at 11am as part of the commemorations.

"We would encourage members of the public to observe this silence in their homes or on their doorsteps."

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary echoed this message and said "people should celebrate at home so there should not be street parties":

"We will continue to engage with members of the public, explain the circumstances and encourage people to do the right thing in complying with the new restrictions.

"We ask that people continue to report to police concerns related to significant or serious breaches of new regulations and our officers will use discretion and judgement in deciding what is and what isn’t 'necessary' and 'reasonable' in the circumstances - being mindful of the purpose of the regulations to prevent transmission of infection."