Police will turn back drivers from Leicester fleeing the lockdown

Leicestershire Police will be carrying out spot checks on vehicles leaving Leicester to ensure residents are complying with the first local lockdown in the UK.

Minibuses and coaches travelling into lockdown areas will also be stopped and turned around, while patrols in public areas such as parks will be stepped to enforce the guidelines, The Times reports.

A surge in Covid-19 cases has resulted in stricter rules being enforced in Leicester city and some outlying areas, with schools non-essential shops closing and the opening of pubs cancelled. The new restrictions will last at least two weeks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that local Police forces will be responsible for enforcing the lockdown, although Leicestershire Police have said they are still waiting for more clarity on what this means.

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It’s believed Police will stop some vehicles to check on their destination and make sure the public are following the new rules but blanket roadblocks are considered impractical and too resource intensive.

The force said it would encourage the public to follow the new rules but would issue fines if necessary. Officers will be asked to intervene and break up large gatherings although it was unclear whether residents would be restricted to meeting a small number of people, or only those they live with.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “We continue to liaise with partners in relation to current Health Protection Regulations and guidelines and respond appropriately to changes.”

See map of which areas in Leicester and Leicestershire will remain in lockdown

“This is a dynamic situation and we will adjust accordingly providing proportionate policing under the relevant legislation to help keep people safe in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

“Our approach has always been clear that we will use the four Es – Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce where necessary.”

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