Police in Devon say they will be cracking down on holiday homes let by landlords in contravention of Coronavirus lockdown rules forbidding non-essential travel.
Officers are to accompany council staff on inspections of holiday homes in the north of the county; some 340 have already been subject to spot checks according to local media reports.
Devon and Cornwall police force says it will also check on the advertising of holiday lets over the duration of the current lockdown and afterwards, if Tier regulations are reintroduced and forbid visitors from outside the area.
Councillor David Worden, leader of North Devon council, says: "The vast majority of local people are abiding by the rules but there are still a minority who are posing a huge risk to others by not taking the measures that are needed to prevent the spread of this killer virus.
“We only ever carry out enforcement as a last resort but some people have left us with no choice so now is the time to step up our efforts to protect the rest of the community.”
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