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Breaking News ! Police were called to a large gathering at a skate park in Cambridgeshire after around '40 people' were spotted at the site. A local witness said that around 40 people were at the River Road skate park in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday afternoon (February 20). They claimed that while there were a few children there, it was mainly occupied by teenagers and young adults. Police confirmed they were called to the skate park at around 3.30pm following a report of a breach of Covid-19 restrictions. While there, officers gave "words of advice" to those at the park on how to maintain a safe social distance. No arrests or cautions were issued to those at the park. A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: "We were called at 3.26pm on Saturday (February 20) with reports of a breach of Covid-19 restrictions on River Road, Eaton Ford, St Neots. Sign up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter below for the latest news straight to your inbox: CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions.
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"Officers attended and gave words of advice to those exercising in the park to keep a safe social distance. "We encourage communities to take personal responsibility and follow Government regulations to help stop the spread of the virus. "We will continue to engage, explain and encourage people to follow guidance but if people still don’t comply, we will act." Local residents said they were "shocked and upset" that the incident had happened, saying there was clearly too many people there preventing proper social distancing. You can see how many cases there are in your local area in the widget below:
The incident caused a stir on social media, with a many people arguing that there was no issues with that many people being at the site. However, by Sunday afternoon the park was considerably less busy according to a local resident. Police have also started to patrol the skate park at "various times of the day and night" after reports of drug misuse. Skate parks do remain open as a form of exercise over lockdown, however, groups of more than two people are not allowed to gather together.