Police called to disperse bikers in Helmsley over social distancing issues

Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire Police stepped in to tackle some social distancing issues in Helmsley on Sunday.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th May 2020, 9:15 am
Police officers were called to move the bikers on, and community officers from Ryedale District Council also attended to cordon off the central area of the car park to prevent further gatherings.
Police officers were called to move the bikers on, and community officers from Ryedale District Council also attended to cordon off the central area of the car park to prevent further gatherings.

Around 30 bikers had congregated in Helmsley’s central car park after some aspects of COVID-19 lockdown were lifted by the Government.

However, a number of the bikers were not following government guidance on social distancing, causing concern to local residents.

Police officers were called to move the bikers on and community officers from Ryedale District Council also attended to cordon off the central area of the car park to prevent further gatherings.

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Councillor Keane Duncan, leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “We aren’t trying to stop people enjoying being out of doors, and we totally understand that people want to come to our beautiful locations.

“However, it is vital that everyone respects the rules on social distancing, for the sake of our residents and our communities as a whole.

“Throughout the weekend we have had community officers out and about across Ryedale, just keeping a watchful eye, so we were ready to respond if any problem occurred.

“Fortunately this particular situation was handled quickly, and our council officers remained on site during Sunday just to make sure that there were no further issues.

“Ryedale is a friendly place, and we want to welcome responsible visitors back to our market towns and beauty spots in a safe way.

“Social distancing is essential, and, working closely with the police, we will do everything we can to make sure it is observed.”