‘Anti-pint patrol’ launched to stop drinkers heading into Tier 1 areas for booze

England’s first pint-police patrol’ will be on the prowl for punters planning a boozy session in Tier 1 Cornwall.

From Wednesday, the region will be the only place in mainland Britain where customers can go drinking on a pub without ordering a ‘substantial meal’.

But pubs in the county claim they have already been getting calls from thirsty Brits in neighbouring counties asking when they’ll be open.

The Government has said it will be against the law to travel into Tier 1 – be that by road or sea – to go to the pub.

And sneaky drinkers hoping to guzzle a quick pint will have to be on the watch for a new Coronavirus task force.

A fleet of 'Covid cop cars' will be used by Devon and Cornwall Police to target anyone flouting the Government's coronavirus rules.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said its patrols would be "solely used for Covid-related matters" to ensure the new tier-based rules were all adhered to.

They said: "Funding of these units remains in place until the end of March 2021, but their use will remain under constant review and will naturally reflect the localised situation and tier that the Government has placed our area within.

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"Our policing approach from those working within these vehicles is the same as our wider approach, and that is to engage, explain and encourage people to comply, and as a last resort consider enforcement via a fixed penalty notice."

Nearly 99% of the country will be flung into the toughest two tiers when the rules change on December 2, including Cornwall’s neighbour Devon.

Under tier two rules, punters can only order a pint of they buy grub as well.

If a business fails to comply with the rules, they could be hit with a £10,000 fine.

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In fact, fewer than 800 of England’s 38,277 pubs will be able to reopen this week.

And boozers in Cornwall say thirsty Brits will be hopping over the border.

Landlady Amy Newland at the White Hart in Chilsworthy, Cornwall, which is right on the Devon border, said: "People have been ringing me up from across the border in Plymouth already saying they are going to be popping over for a beer and asking what time we open.

"It's scary as we are just a small country pub and it is going to be very difficult for us to police.

"You don't know where people are coming from."

Craig Howe, owner of The Rising Sun just over the border in Gunnislake, Cornwall, added: "We do think people are going to be jumping over the border and we might have to put on extra staff to make sure everybody is sticking to the rules."

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