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Coronavirus Kent: Ambulance worker's video after seeing pub beer garden drinkers in Tonbridge Road, Maidstone

An ambulance worker is urging people to take lockdown rules seriously after she drove past a group drinking in a beer garden.

Sophie-Louise Dennis said she saw between 10-15 people socialising at the pub in Tonbridge Road, Maidstone and felt moved to record her plea.

Sophie-Louise Dennis recorded this while on her shift

The emergency care assistant revealed she drove to work in tears most days, fearful of what she was going to be dealing with.

She recorded her video on Sunday, after Britain enjoyed sunny weather and high temperatures.

It comes as police handed out six fines in the county to those flouting the rules.

In Ashford, people were seen enjoying a game of tennis, while one council revealed a family made a 120-mile round trip for a day on the beach.

Ms Dennis said: "It's a glorious Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining and we're in the midst of a lockdown.

Sophie-Louise Dennis recorded a video urging everyone to respect lockdown (33191283)
Sophie-Louise Dennis recorded a video urging everyone to respect lockdown (33191283)

"Me and my crew mate have just driven up Tonbridge Road in Maidstone, all the pubs are shut, everybody should be inside protecting themselves and their loved-ones.

"But we have driven past a pub and witnessed people bringing their own alcohol who are now sitting in a pub garden. There must be about 10-15 of them."

She said she deliberately did not reveal which venue it was, as she did not want to damage anyone's business.

She added: "What don't you get about this virus? It is deadly and could kill you or your loved ones."

Ms Dennis said every day she was fearful at work, adding: "I cannot remember the last time I drove to work without crying, trying to support my crews and patients."

She urged people to take the rules around isolation seriously, saying the more people go out, the longer the country will be locked down and the worse it will be for everyone.

"What is this going to take for you to understand how bad this is?"

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