Sports Direct in Scarborough is closed down by police after it opened a day early, for NHS staff

Scarborough’s Sports Direct store was closed by police yesterday after it opened one day early to allow NHS staff to shop.

Monday, 15th June 2020, 9:04 am
Updated Monday, 15th June 2020, 5:12 pm

The Pavilion House store opened at 11am, offering entry to only those with NHS identification to allow them to take advantage of a 50% off sale.

Scarborough Police stepped in to shut the store, which was open one day ahead of coronavirus restrictions being relaxed nationally.

At one time the queue to get in the store stretched as far back as Valley Bridge.

The queue yesterday at Sports Direct, in Scarborough

A post on the police’s Facebook page stated: “We are grateful to all the businesses in the town that are following the government guidelines and have remained shut until they can reopen [today].

“Disappointingly, our officers had to close down Sports Direct earlier today after it opened a day early.

“We are all working together to limit the transmission of this virus, and we will continue to enforce according to the law.”

Commenters on the Facebook post questioned why the store, which is located less than 200 yards from Scarborough Police Station, was allowed to trade for so long before being closed.

One commenter wrote: “How did it take you 3 hours? You could literally throw a stone from your HQ to Sports Direct, I’m surprised you didn’t see the queue outside your doors.”

Others backed the police’s action. Another person wrote: “Well done police yet again. Always someone has to push the boundaries. No matter what the ‘reason’ for opening it was against the rules and the rule was rightly enforced.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “On Sunday June 14, police received reports of around 100 people queuing to get into Sports Direct in Scarborough.

“Officers contacted Trading Standards for advice before advising the manager that the shop should not have been trading under the regulations that were in force at the time.

“The manager then closed the store. Police have passed a report to Trading Standards who are now the lead agency on this incident.”

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