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Cops to patrol Yorkshire border and fine boozers £100 if they cross from Tier 3 to Tier 2 to go to the pub

TIER 3 boozers crossing the border into Tier 2 North Yorkshire over the weekend face £100 fines.

Cops have warned they are ready to be called into pubs and will patrol train stations to stop cheeky pub-goers travelling into the county.

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A statement from the force said: "North Yorkshire Police is carrying out high-visibility patrols along the force borders to discourage people from neighbouring Tier 3 locations from travelling into the area which increases the risk of infection.

"Local authorities and Trading Standards are leading the enforcement of business restrictions.

"In particular, they will be visiting licensed premises where the serving of alcohol is allowed for consumption on the premises as part of a table meal – one that is expected to be served as breakfast, the main midday or main evening meal, or as a main course.

"The police should only be required to attend such premises as a last resort."

North Yorkshire is almost entirely surrounded by counties in Tier 3 restrictions, while in Tier 2 itself.

Police are using the tactics to stop people from other areas who are keen to go to the pub from entering the county.

Under the new rules it's a £100 fine for a first offence in breaking Covid rules and doubles each time.

In the past four weeks, the force has issued 232 fines for breaches of coronavirus laws, totalling £35,000, according to North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

'BORDER PATROLS'

Yesterday we told how cops from the force launched border patrols with a number plate recognition camera to stop Tier 3 drivers entering the county.

The overzealous officers have sparked a furious response from locals after warning they would face "enforcement action" if they drive over the border.

Superintendent Mike Walker said: "I realise there may be some confusion over what is deemed necessary in these circumstances, so I'd like to be clear here.

"It is neither necessary or acceptable to leave a Tier 3 area and enter a lower tier area for a day trip or to visit a pub or restaurant for a meal.

"Please also be reminded that your tier restrictions travel with you and police can take enforcement action against you, if you should breach those restrictions."

He added those in Tier 3 should not "try to side-step the tighter restrictions" and warned officers will be "actively patrolling" and scanning drivers' numberplates.

He finished: "North Yorkshire is well-known for its hospitality and warmth, but right now we have to ask visitors to stay in their own tier area for the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents.

"If you have a visit planned, please reschedule to a time where we are able to give you a proper welcome to our beautiful county.”

'RIDICULOUS'

The Government has not given cops in England the power to fine people for travelling outside or into Tier 3 areas - although they can dish out fines if they think Covid laws have been broken.

But people are strongly advised to avoid travelling out of the affected regions - particularly for overnight stays.

Police in Wales and Scotland have, meanwhile, been given powers to fine people if they break travel restrictions.

Social media users rounded on the force for the extreme measures.

One person dubbed the officers the "local Gestapo" and another wrote: "Absolutely ridiculous... It's like the Jerry Springer show these rules.

"York will be back to Tier 3 soon enough. Because viruses don't stop at the border."

Tier 3 residents are encouraged not to leave their local area and have to live under much harsher rules.

Anyone who moves from a higher tier to a lower tier must continue acting as if they are still in the higher tier regulations, although moving between two is frowned upon.

It comes as boozers flung open their doors again in Tier 1 and 2, but have got to stick to strict regulations.

Depending on what tier you live in, Brits are once more able to enjoy a socially distanced pint with pals.

Pubs have curated special menus with cheaper fare specifically for people in Tier 2 to order alongside drinks - with one savvy landlord launching a £1.99 "Boris Menu".

In Tier 3 it's takeaway only for pubs and restaurants, with people having to wait a little longer to get their hands on a proper pint.

Boris Johnson tries to justify why majority of the UK is on a higher tier when just three regions saw Covid cases rise last week

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