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Police seek identity of woman in video: No beach private

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Ria Chaitram

A screenshot from the video of the woman police are looking for. -
A screenshot from the video of the woman police are looking for. –

The police service is reminding the public that they can face penalties if they put people at risk by breaching the covid19 regulations.

The latest warning came after a video on social media showed a woman on a beach although the public health regulations have prohibited access to beaches, rivers, streams and public swimming pools. She is now being sought by the police.

It also comes after the police found themselves at the centre of recent public backlash for their treatment of partygoers at Bayside Towers in Cocorite. They were accused of being biased in the way they treated people perceived to be from the upper class as opposed to others. The group was simply warned, while others in the past were publicly shamed and made to apologise.

The woman in the video said, “It has come to my attention that some of you guys have a problem with us being on the beach, but it is our private beach – our private land. We are not risking anybody’s lives.

“Not that I need to explain this to anyone, but we are just fortunate to have this beautiful place and you don’t. So, don’t complain on Facebook again.”

In a post on its Facebook page, the police service reminded the public, “All beaches, rivers, and water parks remain closed in accordance with the public health ordinance regulations. There is (no such thing) as a private or public beach.

“Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the person in this video is asked to contact the police.”

The Prime Minister, on Saturday during his media conference, also issued a strong appeal to the police to treat with breaches of the covid19 health regulations equally and without favour.

Also adding to the discussion on Saturday was Minister of National Security Stuart Young, who said, “There are a number of laws that are open to the police, such as section 133 of the Public Health Ordinance, that allows the police to intervene in circumstances where there are risks to other people’s lives.

“Police can intervene, and it does not become a debate of public or private. Of course, the police will be very cautious in getting involved in private property, as they rightly should be, but they do have jurisdiction. No one is above the law; the law applies to everyone.”

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