Man in prison for repeated lockdown breaches
A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to one month in prison after being warned several times about lockdown restrictions.
The Whanganui man had been verbally warned on five separate occasions regarding Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions says police Central District Commander Superintendent Chris de Wattignar.
“On the sixth breach the man had driven some distance away from his home address.”
He was spoken to by police and found to have no valid reason for again leaving his address.
Chris says this is a good reminder to follow the Alert Level 4 restrictions as people continuously breaking the restrictions will not be tolerated.
“Our first step has been to educate people on the rules, but if people continue to break them as in this case, police can use their discretion to warn people, or if necessary arrest them," says Chris.
"We are still at Alert Level 4, which means people should not be on our roads unless they are accessing essential services or delivering essential services.
“Police will continue to be visible on our roads and in our communities throughout the country as Alert Level 4 continues, to support our communities and keep people safe.”