COVID breaches at Cheddar Gorge

Two people were rescued in Cheddar Gorge yesterday evening (7 February). Police officers assisted the fire service in rescuing the two from the cliff tops above the Gorge. A third member of the group did not attempt the climb. They were able to call for assistance.

All three individuals had travelled more than 30 miles from South Gloucestershire, and were reported for breaching COVID 19 regulations.

Somerset Area Commander Mike Prior was exasperated by their behaviour “Climbing the Gorge in near darkness is extremely unwise under any circumstances. This reckless decision resulted in a complicated and lengthy rescue, requiring the temporary closure of the B3135 Cliff road, and attendance from multiple emergency services, including four police officers and 20 fire service staff.

The Police reiterated their advice, urging people stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel. They will not hesitate to issue fines to those deliberately breaching the regulations with no regard for the safety of others.

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