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Up to 10 extra police cars will be on patrol in the far south-west of England to respond to Covid-related issues as Cornwall gears up to re-open.

There are concerns that visitors may this week head to Cornwall, one of only three areas in England that have been placed in tier 1, for a taste of freedom.

Devon and Cornwall police confirmed:

As part of the Covid surge funding that the force has received from the government, Devon and Cornwall police have made up to 10 additional dedicated double-crewed units to be available to patrol at various locations across the force area.

Their sole purpose will be to respond to Covid-related matters and these vehicles are additional to current response levels.

Our policing approach from those working within these vehicles is the same as our wider approach, and that is to engage, explain and encourage people to comply, and as a last resort consider enforcement via a fixed penalty notice.

The force is refusing to say when and where the vehicles will be on patrol.

Families on low incomes in Scotland will be given a £100 winter payment before Christmas to help cushion the costs of winter energy, clothing and meal costs, Nicola Sturgeon will announce today.

In advance of her speech to the Scottish National party’s annual conference later, the first minister said the funding was part of a £100m fund for people struggling with the impacts of the Covid crisis.

About a quarter of the fund will go to around 150,000 poorer families whose children receive free school meals; the Scottish government had been due to introduce a £10 a week payment to families with children under six this winter but that had been delayed until February.

The rest will be targeted at other groups including older people unable to access digital services and the homeless.

The Scottish Tories said the money being used by Sturgeon came from significant levels of extra funding from the UK government worth £9.5bn to cope with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including its affects on the poorest.

Sturgeon said the £100 payments was a “bridge” between now and the introduction of the £10 a week payment. “The money will be paid before Christmas and families can use it for whatever will help them through the winter,” she added.

That could be food, new shoes or a winter coat for the kids. Families will know best what they need. That’s not for government to decide.

Initiatives like this are not just about providing practical help to those who need it most – they are an expression of our values and of the kind of country we are seeking to build.

Nicola Sturgeon on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning.

Nicola Sturgeon on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

The Guardian

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