Message from Thames Valley Police

Message from Nicholas John, Commander of Reading Police Area

I understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

You will be aware that the police were given new powers to help reinforce these measures and whilst these are an option to us, we will only use them as a last resort. Officers will routinely be stopping members of the public and vehicles to ensure the Government’s advice is being adhered to so please don’t be alarmed if you are stopped and work with us if you are told to return home.

Here in Reading my officers and staff are working hard alongside our partner agencies to ensure people adhere to the government directions and in turn save lives.

This current climate offers up a lot of uncertainty which can make people feel anxious, unsettled and fearful but I want to reassure you that my team and I are still policing your communities, responding to emergencies as well as effecting the Government’s restrictions to stay inside and only go out in very specific circumstances.

Whilst I recognise that the current restrictions are massively impactive, they are there for a reason and I want to say a huge thank you to all of you for staying inside and keeping our streets clear. In addition, I want to say thank you for all the messages of support and generous donations that have been made to my team over the last few weeks.

The response we have had from the majority of people in Reading has been fantastic. There will always be the minority that do not listen and it is those that we are looking to engage and encourage to adhere to the directions.

By continuing to stay home, you can protect the NHS and save lives. Thank you again for your co-operation during these challenging times.

Sent on behalf of Superintendent Nicholas John, Commander for Reading LPA (Local Police Area)

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