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Police say 'vast majority' of crowd outside Marine's stadium stuck to social distancing

Police say 'vast majority' of crowd outside Marine's stadium stuck to social distancing

by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Merseyside Police say “the vast majority” of people who gathered outside the Marine Travel Arena before yesterday’s match against Tottenham obeyed social distancing measures.

 

A small crowd were stood on College Road to see the team coaches arrive, with a large police presence also in attendance for the FA Cup Third Round clash.

 

Some social media users had raised concerns about the number of people on the streets when there are strict lockdown measures in place to help control the spread of coronavirus.

 

In a statement, Superintendent Andy Rankine said: "A small gathering took place ahead of the arrival of the team coaches, and road closures were put in place to facilitate this arrival safely. The vast majority of people present were adhering to social-distancing measures and those who were not were advised by officers.

 

"As we have done throughout this pandemic, we will always strive to encourage people to disperse and go home peacefully.

 

"But where we face blatant breaches of legislation, people ignoring the restrictions and even obstructing police from carrying out their duty, our officers will not hesitate to take enforcement action."

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