THIS is the moment a beach-goer moans at cops for interrupting his “meditation session” during the coronavirus lockdown.
Steve Dumaresq, who lives in a nearby flat, walked to the sandy beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, for a “mindfulness” session — despite beaches currently being off limits to residents.
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But his peace was shattered by officers who made a beeline for him when they saw him lying down, without a care in the world, during the lockdown.
Steve said they had also “interrupted” around 15 minutes earlier when he had been attempting to meditate on a nearby clifftop.
He insisted he was doing nothing wrong and that his meditation activity is “vital to his well-being and mental health”.
Steve said: “I’m locked in all day and I just come to the beach for some fresh air to meditate.
“I live in an upper flat and there is no garden — I like to think I know what is in my own best interests.
“I was actually being responsible and sensible by respecting myself, respecting others and social distancing.
“I haven’t been sat within 50 metres of anybody else while doing it.
“It would be irresponsible of me not to come out otherwise I would be mentally unwell.”
I was actually being responsible and sensible by respecting myself, respecting others and social distancing
Bewildered as to why he was being asked to move on, Steve believes he was well in his right to be on the beach.
He added: “The police said I was not allowed to sit on the beach because it is against the spirit of the situation and they asked me to move on.
“As far as I am aware I can’t see anything in the new laws to prohibit this.
“A lot of this is guidelines and guidelines aren’t legislation.
“I think the police know that and it’s why they choose their words carefully.”
Dorset Police is urging people to stay at home and say the beach is closed to sunseekers.
Chief Constable James Vaughan, of Dorset Police, said: “Like other tourist areas, Dorset is currently closed to visitors while we do all we can to stop the spread of the terrible virus.
“I fully appreciate the impact the Government restrictions are having on us all.
“However, we must not lose sight of why they are in place – to reduce the spread of the disease, protect the NHS and save lives.”
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It comes as Brits have been ordered to respect the lockdown and stay home at Easter despite the predicted heatwave — with temperatures expected to soar to 24C.
Barbecues and sunbathing in parks and open spaces plus visits to the beach or sight-seeing are prohibited — as is having friends round.
This weekend, officers up and down the country will be patrolling roads to ensure the lockdown measures are followed and have the power to issue £60 fines to those who disobey them.