Police apologise after Yorkshire officer told family not to play in their own garden

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South Yorkshire Police apologised for a "well-intentioned but ill-informed" exchange in which an officer appeared to tell a family they were not allowed to play in their own front garden.

In a video posted on Twitter, a police officer tells a resident in Eastwood, Rotherham, to stay inside because "the virus does not stop on your front garden".

The force later tweeted: "This encounter was well-intentioned but ill-informed and we'd like to apologise for the way it was handled.

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"We've spoken to the officer concerned and made our approach absolutely clear. Again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused & will continue our work to support the NHS."

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