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Cheddar Gorge mayhem in Covid ‘lockdown’

ONE person airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken shoulder, ten fines for breaches of coronavirus restrictions and for unnecessary travel, and two further Covid warnings – this was Cheddar Gorge in the national lockdown yesterday (Sunday).

The Sedgemoor Neighbourhood Policing team was also requested by fire crews to help with crowd control as the casualty was rescued.

A post shared on the Sedgemoor Neighbourhood Policing Facebook page said: “At the request of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service we attended Cheddar Gorge to assist with crowd control, owing to the air ambulance having been called to land and take a casualty to hospital.

“The emergency crews grew concerned about the volume of people at the location taking exercise.

“Once the casualty had been taken away, the Sedgemoor Neighbourhood Policing team had cause to speak to high numbers of people who were parked in the car parks.

“This resulted in ten people being given fixed penalty notices for unnecessary travel, and two Covid warnings issued.

“With only months to go until we can start getting back to normality, please resist in coming to beauty spots in Somerset, you should only be taking exercise in the local area to your home.”

It’s not the first time that Covid breaches have occurred at Cheddar Gorge throughout the national lockdown.

In February a dramatic rescue mission in the dark saw two people issued with £200 fines.

And in January a visitor was find for driving from Bristol to ‘sit and eat a kebab’.

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UPDATE: Three people reported for Covid-19 breaches following clifftop rescue at Cheddar Gorge




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