THE chief constable of Dorset Police said he expects "certain crimes" to increase now Covid-19 restrictions have been eased and said the force is preparing for the "busiest summer ever".

On Monday, March 29, the Government’s stay at home restriction was lifted and people were allowed to meet others outside, including in gardens, in groups of up to six people or with members of two households.

And chief constable James Vaughan urged the public to continuing playing their part.

“This week marks the start of a brighter future for so many people in Dorset. We can now meet up with friends and family outside, revisit our favourite places and have a well-earned Easter break from the confines of home,” he said.

“As the current restrictions begin to lift over the coming months, we are asking the public to continue to play their part so that we do not undo all of the good work.

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“We will continue our 4Es approach to the new legislation using engagement, education and encouragement to ask members of the public to comply with the regulations.

“It is highly likely this summer will be our busiest summer ever. While we welcome the boost it will bring to our economy, we need to ensure that we take proactive measures to manage any rise in demand on our policing service and keep our communities and visitors safe.

“Now that the stay at home restriction has been lifted we expect certain crimes will start to increase locally and nationally. It is important for our communities to know that we will be carrying out high-visibility patrols this spring and summer and that we continue to be here for them.

“While 2020 was a difficult year, it has also shown how our communities rallied together and helped each other. I would like to thank everyone for playing their part in sticking to the restrictions and helping others – you have made a real difference.”

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Since Monday March 23, 2020, 118 special constables have worked more than 31,470 hours and 124 police staff volunteers have dedicated more than 2,666 hours.

Mr Vaughan continued: “I am immensely proud of each and every member of our police family for the commitment they have shown over the last year to continue to protect the public and help keep them safe.

“We understand our communities may be feeling nervous about the coming summer months and we are asking everyone to respect each other and protect our environment while enjoying what Dorset has to offer.”