Snow joke – Police threaten residents with fines for playing outside in the snow

It is snow joke – killjoy cops have threatened fun-loving Brits with a fine if they frolic in blankets of the white stuff.

Police have warned that they will slap residents with penalties if they flout lockdown restrictions to go outside in the winter weather.

West Mercia Police issued the buzzkill warning after pranksters began throwing snowballs in Shropshire on Thursday.

Officers from Broseley and Much Wenlock said that playing outside in the snow was not a valid reason to leave home.

England is currently under a lockdown and Boris Johnson says you can only leave home for essential reasons, like medical appointments or food shopping.

Exercise is allowed for an hour a day – but police have decided that a snowball fight does not count.

Moaning on Twitter, police said: "There have been two reports of snowballs being thrown last night between 11 and 11.30pm.

"This is obviously not a justifiable reason to be out of your house, this behaviour is likely to result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules."

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The officers had earlier revealed four fines had been issued to people in their force area for flouting Covid rules.

They added: "Four Fixed Penalty Notices were issued last night in Broseley for blatant breaches of the Coronavirus lockdown.

"These measures are in place to protect us all and to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed."

The threats drew a mixed reaction from locals.

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One said: “So you're telling me I could be fined for playing in the snow – outdoors with people from my same household? That is beyond a joke."

Andrea Waring added: "Antisocial behaviour like throwing snowballs at houses, yes. But if people are just out playing in the snow then I don't understand this."

Celine Bradley put: "I agree, people should not be outdoors unless for a good reason. We are in lockdown for a reason."

Davina Taylor commented: "If you'd said 12 months ago police would be fining people for playing in the snow, you would have been laughed out of town."

Police later clarified, saying several hours later: “The snowballs reported being thrown in Broseley last night between 11 & 11:30pm were being thrown at the addresses of vulnerable elderly residents. This behaviour is not acceptable at any time.”

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