THE number of reports of potential breaches of social distancing rules in the past week has "generally stabilised", Wiltshire Police has said.

Between Monday 27 April and 4 May, the force recorded 40 incidents linked to Covid-19 – compared to 31 the week before; 12 crimes linked to Covid-19 – compared to 13 the week before; Issued 19 fines – compared to 12 the week before and made just one arrest linked to breaches in the Covid-19 national guidelines – compared to two the week before.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “While it is disappointing that we are still dealing with some incidents involving breaches of the COVID19 guidance, it is important to note that we are only dealing with relatively small numbers of people.

“I know there is a lot of speculation in the media about the next stage of the Government’s response to the pandemic, as well as an interest in what the Prime Minister will say in his national address on Sunday evening.

“But it is important to note that the Government restrictions around social distancing remain in place at this time further to any official announcement which states otherwise.

“So, if you would like to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, please celebrate at home with members of your own household. Please, stay safe, stay at home and help protect the NHS.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson added: “This bank holiday weekend marks a very special occasion for the country – the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

“I know that many people will feel disappointed that plans for street parties and other celebrations have had to be cancelled.

“But, everyone’s safety must be our priority and it is not worth risking our health.

“So, please make sure you celebrate at home. There are lots of suggestions and ideas online for ways we can mark the milestone safely – making bunting, having a picnic in your garden, and even a national sing-along.

“The important thing is that we all stay safe.”