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  1. Celebrities urged to not come to the South West

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Celebrities are being asked to lead by example and not travel to the South West while the country is in lockdown.

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall says high profile figures have the chance to influence the nation in a hugely positive way by not travelling to the region.

    The public is being urged to not travel to the counties and risk spreading the new strain of the coronavirus.

    This follows the prime minister's announcement of a new national lockdown in England.

    Alison Hernandez

    There have been cases of people travelling to the South West to visit second homes, including one recent high profile incident which resulted in officers turning away five people from tier four areas on the Isles of Scilly.

    "At a time when stopping the spread of this terrible virus is more important than ever, I must urge people not to make unnecessary journeys to the region," said Alison Hernandez.

    She direct some comments to celebrities: "I would urge you to lead by example and together we will come through this."

    However, she emphasised people fleeing domestic abuse are still able to travel.