STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands senior police officer has issued a plea to families thinking of travelling to get their exercise at the district's popular beauty spots Chief Inspector Mark Thorley wants visitors to be careful when out walking to prevent the spread of coronavirus. From yesterday (May 13) families are now allowed to travel to parts of the county, including the Roaches near Leek, and Knypersley Reservoir, after the lockdown restrictions were eased. Previously Staffordshire Police had been patrolling favourite haunts and fining the worst lockdown offenders, which - included a couple who were seen camping near Leek. Chief Insp Thorley said: " We have some significant changes in the guidelines regarding lockdown for the coronavirus. "I'll start by saying please don't think everything has been removed, it's not, there are still certain conditions we have all got to abide by. The overriding advice is, if you want to stay safe then do stay at home. "But you can now come out to the rural locations "I am going to have some really anxious communities in these rural locations. For the last seven weeks they have seen very few visitors. "The threat of the transmission of the coronavirus is still alive and they are going to be worried about the extra amount of people in cars that are coming out. "So please bare that in mind and try and be respectful." Chief Insp Thorley reminds families thinking of travelling to the rural locations to be mindful that UK lambing season is currently in full swing and rural roads could become busier. He added: "Please be mindful of things like washing your hands and hand sanitiser but if you are bringing things like that, please do take that litter home with you. "From me, it is great we are getting back to some normality. If you see me or my staff on view come and say hello."
Pictured: The Roaches near Leek.