Police who used drones during the first closure to disgrace walkers denounce antics in the Pennines
First, after the first closure in the Peak District, they used drones to shame individuals walking their dogs. A quarry pool was then painted black to make its blue waters less tempting for escaping swimmers. Now Derbyshire police have turned their attention to “stupid” walkers who this weekend defied a warning of snowy conditions and got stuck on one of the highest passes in the county.
On Saturday, the police rural crime squad praised the owners of over 200 cars who drove to the top of Snake Pass, a trans-Pennine road between Sheffield and Manchester, and then expected the police to save them with their “magic snowmobiles.”
“We will take care of what we can, but our underpants are not out and we can only knock so much common sense back into society,”We are going to take care of what we can, but our underpants are not out and we can only knock so much common sense back into society.
The incident happened after the northern parts of England, the Midlands and Wales woke up this weekend to snow. A yellow weather alert for ice in eastern Scotland and the northeast on Sunday and Monday was given by the Met Office.
For Sunday evening at higher elevations, sleet or snow is also expected.
Police in Wales said officers in breach of house rules, including those from Milton Keynes and London, turned away individuals who wanted to climb Snowdon.
Wales is on warning level four, which means that non-essential travel is forbidden and exercises at home must be begun and completed.
Derbyshire is at level four of the English warning, which means people are not permitted to travel to exercise outside their local area.
For Greater Manchester, the same is true.
At the eastern end of Snake Pass, Sheffield is at Level 3, where the rules for sports travel can be viewed a little more freely.
Derbyshire police said many of those who parked at the top of the pass were not only ill-equipped for the weather, but ignored government advice to exercise within their own stage.
“It seems many did not have the common sense to check the forecast, dress appropriately, check they had a capable vehicle and/or driving skills, not to mention the fact that perhaps they should not have stretched government advice so as not to overload our NHS,”It seems many did not have the common sense to check the forecast, dress properly, check that they had a suitable vehicle and/or driving skills, not to mention the fact that they could not have stretched government advice so as not to overload our NHS.
But never mind. Just call the police and expect them to come around with their magic snowmobiles. Of course, in Goyt Valley, Mam Nick, Curbar Gap and others at the same time, we can deal with similar circumstances with our superpowers.
And we’re Covid-proof, don’t you know that? Joking aside, don’t be dumb, please.
A bigger clarification than this should not be needed.
On Saturday afternoon, the Glossop Mountain Rescue Unit, on the Manchester side of Snake Pass, was called out to support two women who had been lost in Bleaklow, a suitably bleak part of the marsh.
“Due to the difficult conditions and fading light, the couple became disoriented and called us for help,” the rescuers said.
A call for “Instagram hikers” to go to Bleaklow and nearby Higher Shelf Stones to take selfies was made by the Glossop team in November. The site includes significant parts of a U.S. military aircraft, a B-29, which in 1948 crashed into a ridge in fog, killing 13 men on board.
They also asked people to tell them if, after calling for help, they managed to get themselves to safety.
The appeal seems to have, however, fallen on deaf ears. On New Year’s Day, the 2021 team’s first call for help came when two men called for help at 9:30 p.m. After visiting the crash site of B-29, after getting stuck on Bleaklow.
The Glossop team wrote, “When team members reached Snake Summit, they found a vehicle with two male occupants, who turned out to be the two who had reported themselves missing,”
North Wales Police in Snowdonia said they stopped and turned away a number of people who tried to climb Snowdon. “Many were from the #northWales area but some traveled up from #London and #MiltonKeynes level 4 restrictions mean only essential travel,” police tweeted.
Officers also towed away a car that was caught in de de Pen y Pass.