Published: 09:36, 25 March 2020
| Updated: 13:04, 25 March 2020
Police have issued a warning after they were forced to interrupt a group of people enjoying a BBQ on the beach - despite government advice to stay home.
Officers were called to Hythe seafront yesterday after people were found gathered along the promenade.
Posts on social media reported that police were 'clearing the beach at Princes Parade'.
One comment said: "Police were taking photos and clearing people sitting on the beach and not exercising."
Another said: "People need to be worrying. This is risking police too. If everyone was sensible then police could be at home with their families."
A third comment read: "These people will find it incredibly difficult when a proper lockdown is ordered. Can see it happening very soon because of these idiots."
Police tweeted about the incident from the Kent Police Folkestone and Hythe account.
The warning said: "Today officers had to disperse groups of people from the beach.
"Please remember this is a national health emergency, look after each other by staying at home.
"This will help prevent the spread of the virus. #ProtectOurNHS"
Officers also patrolled streets in Folkestone, including Harbour way, Tontine Street and Dover Road due to people being gathered there.
A second tweet from officers said: "Today @kentpoliceshep attended Harbour way, London Street, The Harbour, Tontine Street, Dover Road as well as Hythe beach.
"Sadly the officers had to interrupt a group having a BBQ.
"We urge you to follow government advice to save lives."
The current advice from the government is that everyone must say home in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.
People are only allowed out to go out for four reasons - shopping, exercising with their family, to get medical care and travel to work.
Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix said: "Kent Police officers are patrolling locations across the county to ensure individuals and businesses are adhering to the government’s instructions around social distancing.
"Those going against the instructions are being reminded of their personal responsibilities, with groups being dispersed."
There was outrage over the weekend after visitors flocked to Whitstable and enjoyed drinks outside the Whitstable Oyster Company.
After, the company released an apology.
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