Police fear becoming 'the villains of the pandemic' by enforcing rules

Police complain they are becoming the 'villains of the pandemic' as officers prepare to crack down on Bank Holiday sunbathers Police fear talk of lifting Covid restrictions could cause problems this weekend Thousands of motorists are expected to defy restrictions to go to the beach  Others will head to spots in the countryside for the long weekend  Police fear they will be seen as 'villains' for enforcing the lockdown  

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 01:59 BST, 8 May 2020 | Updated: 07:06 BST, 8 May 2020

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Police are concerned a planned easing of lockdown rules next week will make it difficult to enforce this weekend's bank holiday. 

Several forces have faced criticism about the way they have reacted to the government's lockdown. 

Now, police fear the dilution of the stay at home message combined with predicted good weather and the bank holiday weekend will see a surge of people heading to beaches and other spots. 

Police officers have been enforcing lockdown rules by moving on sunbathers who have been enjoying the good weather in parks around the country

Police officers have been enforcing lockdown rules by moving on sunbathers who have been enjoying the good weather in parks around the country

With good weather predicted this weekend, officers fear they will be seen as villains for upholding the law

With good weather predicted this weekend, officers fear they will be seen as villains for upholding the law 

One officer said: 'We are being asked to enforce the lockdown and we are going to be painted as villains once again when we stop people enjoying the sunshine and having VE Day parties with their neighbours'

One officer said: 'We are being asked to enforce the lockdown and we are going to be painted as villains once again when we stop people enjoying the sunshine and having VE Day parties with their neighbours'

One officer told The Times: 'There is a certain amount of trepidation and frustration ahead of the weekend.

'We have always said we need a clear and consistent message from government to the public but there is now a view that things are being relaxed. A lot of people seem to have decided that it is all over.

'We are being asked to enforce the lockdown and we are going to be painted as villains once again when we stop people enjoying the sunshine and having VE Day parties with their neighbours.'

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