A PARK in Woodley has been closed by police due to concerns over social distancing amid a rise in Covid-19 cases locally.

Government guidelines do not currently stipulate that parks and playgrounds can't remain open, but the Woodford Park play area has been closed up, with a sign reading: "This play area has been closed by the request of Thames Valley Police, who are concerned about the potential for the Coronavirus to spread."

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Some parents were upset to learn about the closure though, with one father saying: "I question why the police couldn't tackle the few that weren't following the social distancing rules rather than prevent access to the majority of toddlers and young children who were complying.

"These teenagers will likely just gather somewhere else instead, but now leave the younger ones without a safe place to play.

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"The police don't ask councils to close roads if a few people speed, so why apply this logic to parks?"