No 999 mask calls

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PO­LICE have warned peo­ple not to call them to re­port shop­pers not wear­ing face masks.

As of last week, it has been manda­tory for peo­ple in Eng­land to wear masks when in places such as shops and su­per­mar­kets but Lan­cashire po­lice say re­port­ing such is­sues will clog up call han­dlers and de­lay emer­gen­cies be­ing dealt with.

In­stead, they say shop staff have been told how and when it is nec­es­sary to con­tact emer­gency ser­vices.

Is­su­ing the warn­ing, the force said that while the con­trol room be­came less busy dur­ing lock­down, it has now re­turned to nor­mal lev­els.

A spokesman said: “There’s no need to con­tact us if you see an in­di­vid­ual not wear­ing a face cov­er­ing in shops or su­per­mar­kets – spe­cific ad­vice has been given to re­tail­ers on when we should be called.

“This will help us keep our Con­trol Room Op­er­a­tors avail­able for peo­ple who need a polic­ing re­sponse in an emer­gency.

“If there is a busi­ness where the reg­u­la­tions are con­sis­tently not be­ing fol­lowed, you can tell us about them via our ded­i­cated COVID form on­line.

“If any­one, in­clud­ing shop work­ers, feel threat­ened or un­safe they should call 101 or 999 in an emer­gency.”

“Our of­fi­cers will be out and about

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