'What are these people doing?': Oamaru cops slam lockdown behaviour

Some Oamaru residents continue to flout the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, a stance that has raised the ire of police.

In two separate incidents, an Oamaru man known to police allegedly went to a Thames Highway address about 10pm on Wednesday and confronted another person, before punching them.

That followed an earlier report of a person who had previously been served a trespass notice forbidding them to enter a McLean St address being discovered at the north Oamaru property.

Inquiries are continuing into both incidents.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, said they were of particular concern given the current climate, as those involved put everyone at risk.

''We have got covid going on. What are these people doing?

''It's not ideal. We are not encouraging that movement at all. We really want people to be staying in lockdown and in their bubble. We don't want them going 30km down the Alps 2 Ocean trail, we don't want them going to the beach.

''We don't really want people from the South Hill area going to the North End of Oamaru . . . they should be keeping in their own little suburb. We are disappointed people are breaching that.''

His plea comes just days after he echoed the words of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has urged residents to ''be kind'' amid the lockdown.

Meanwhile, a man sustained minor injuries after his vehicle left State Highway 1 near Maheno south of Oamaru between 1am and 2am yesterday.

Snr Sgt McCoy said the driver and sole occupant failed to negotiate a slight bend.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, he said.

The man was taken to Oamaru Hospital via ambulance.

Inquiries are continuing.

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

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Since when have people "known to the police" followed basic rules, never mind the extra ones now in place !

what are people doing? they are not understanding.. the govt has not been clear on things. people need clarity.. they need proof.. there is soo much conspiracys out there that someppl a thinking its a hoax.. how can it be one when actual ppl a dying... they dont see that.. maybe govt need to be more serious.. bring the army is.. now the govt telling ppl if things go right we may put things to level 3, putting hope sin ppls heads.. they need to be careful if they go to level three then 4 again.. ppl will not be taking things seriously ever..

Cognitive deficit in the out and about mob.

Lock them up in a cell, make the family prepare meals for them and provide soap do the washing and provide bedding etc, police collect meals from family each day and take to the clowns, some people are fic (thick)

"What are these people doing?", one wonders what the police are doing when you read "The outgoing Police Commissioner has admitted police have failed to carry out the level of checks on recent arrivals to New Zealand, supposed to be in strict self-isolation". Do we need to start to remind the police to do their job instead of them constantly banging on at us?.

Actually the police, as always, are doing a fine job under more than usually difficult circumstances. Calm and common sense. Walking about, keeping one's distance, is not a problem. Going for a wee walk on the beach is not a problem. Doing a circuit on a pushbike is not a problem. Calm and common sense prevails. The people of Oamaru are doing a great job of lockdown.
No need for hysteria over a few covidiots. Army!? Really? The police will deal with them and it doesn't reflect on the rest of us.
Our awesome government have shown the world how it's done clearly and concisely. On the ground the law of common sense prevails. As you were.

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