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Police have launched a new online form the public can use to report people breaching the national Covid-19 lockdown – and it’s already proved so popular the website is swamped.
Police have warned police to be patient because of “very heavy traffic”.
“People reporting suspected breaches of alert level 4 restrictions via online reporting on the police website are asked to be patient,” police said.
“If you are having difficulty, please try again later.”
Authorities, including police, have the power to stop people out and about and ask them why they are not at their home.
If necessary people can be arrested and charged.
It is understood just one person is before the courts for breaching the national lockdown.
Police said the website can be used to report isolation breaches or businesses continuing to operate when they are not part of the essential workforce.
Commissioner Mike Bush urged people to use the online form instead of calling police.
“Police will take the information reported online and remind those breaching the restrictions of their responsibilities.
“We are continuing to take the approach of educating and informing people of their responsibilities in the first instance, but we will not hesitate to take enforcement action if people continue to ignore the restrictions.”