Doggers warned that visiting outdoor sex sites is not ‘essential travel’

Police have made it clear that going dogging does not count as “essential travel” and that they will be paying close attention this weekend to certain sites in Essex where people are known to meet for outdoor sex.

This Monday, February 21, a Twitter account linked to swingers’ site Let’s Go Dogging tweeted to its 26,000 followers: “There is an organised Dogging meet-up planned in Canvey Island next weekend,” adding that anyone interested should sign up to the website.

However, a spokesman for the force has warned would-be alfresco sex enthusiasts that non civid-safe activities such as dogging are strictly off-limits: "England is in a national lockdown and only essential travel is permitted."

They added that anyone considering of travelling for reasons other than for work or education purposes should think again.

"We will be patrolling sites across Canvey over the weekend as part of our regular patrols," the spokesman added.

"Covid-19 infection rates have been falling in Essex and we'd like to thank people across the county for following the government guidelines."

"However, the virus is still prevalent in our community," they continued, "so it's essential that you continue to stick to the rules.

"The best way to control the spread of the virus, protect your loved ones and ease pressure on the NHS is to stay at home and avoid any unnecessary journeys.

"The vast majority of people are doing the right thing but, where clear and blatant breaches have taken place, our officers have responded to them."

Essex Council leader Norman Smith told The Sun: "During this period of time it is totally against the rules and it's not something we would want to associate with Castle Point at all.

"I am hoping that it is the first time, and we can stop it before it starts.

"I certainly hope it doesn't gain momentum in our area, I just think of young children being out and about, it's not something you would want them to witness."

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