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Scarborough Police Close Shop After It Re-Opened Day Early

Scarborough Police Close Shop After It Re-Opened Day Early

Published by Karen Liu at 7:31am 15th June 2020. (Updated at 9:03am 15th June 2020)

Scarborough’s Sports Direct store was closed by police yesterday (Sunday) after it opened one day early to allow NHS staff to shop.

The Pavilion House store opened at 11am, offering entry to only those with NHS identification to allow them to take advantage of a 50% off sale.

Scarborough Police stepped in to shut the store, which was open one day ahead of coronavirus restrictions being relaxed nationally.

At one time the queue to get in the store stretched as far back as Valley Bridge.

Sports Direct Scarborough Sun 14 June 2020

A post on the police’s Facebook page stated:

“We are grateful to all the businesses in the town that are following the government guidelines and have remained shut until they can reopen [today].

Disappointingly, our officers had to close down Sports Direct earlier today after it opened a day early.

We are all working together to limit the transmission of this virus, and we will continue to enforce according to the law.”

Commenters on the Facebook post questioned why the store, which is located less than 200 yards from Scarborough Police station, was allowed to trade for so long before being closed.

One commenter wrote:

“How did it take you 3 hours? You could literally throw a stone from your HQ to Sports Direct, I’m surprised you didn’t see the queue outside your doors.”

Others backed the police’s action. Another person wrote:

“Well done police yet again. Always someone has to push the boundaries. No matter what the ‘reason’ for opening it was against the rules and the rule was rightly enforced.”

North Yorkshire Police and Sports Direct have been approached for comment.


There are 2 comments on this page.

Zen master7, on 15th June 2020 9:02am
I saw the queues and despaired for our nation.
You can buy it online why would you want to go in to such a
Low rent shop? To mix with all the fake leather and cheap plastic
whilst bumping into other people and breathing each others germs.
Get a life people. Go for a walk instead.
TERESA PATTERSON, on 15th June 2020 9:23am
Well done to the police for doing the right thing these stores
Was last to close with exuise saying we open for selling exerise
Stuff which caused issues exerlent news that they was giving
NHS staff 50% discount well done mike ashly but open in goverment guide

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