The shocking response friends had for police who caught them having BBQ on Sheffield street

A group of youths found flouting lockdown laws by having a barbecue in the street complained to police ‘but the burgers aren’t done yet!’ when asked to go home.

By Claire Lewis
Thursday, 16th April 2020, 4:39 pm

South Yorkshire Police said the Burngreave neighbourhood team found the youths ‘enjoying a BBQ in public’ but ‘flaunting the current social distancing rules’.

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The force said: “When asked to clear up the barbecue, we were met with the comment ‘but the burgers aren’t done yet!’.

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“The group were asked to pack up and they left the area returning to their home addresses.

“We’ll continue to patrol the area until this evening.

“We thank those that are adhering to the rules and remaining at home – its saving lives and protecting our National Health Service.”

A total of 118 lockdown fines were issued by South Yorkshire Police between March 27 and April 13, according to figures release today.

One woman posting on the police team’s Facebook page said: “All I did yesterday was run my car around the block as we're on our fifth week of isolation.

“I went on Catherine Road, down Burngreave Road and up Ellesmere Road. I was absolutely astounded to see how many people were around.

“What the heck is going on. I wasn't impressed at all. I was disgusted.”

Under lockdown laws aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, people are only permitted to leave home for shopping, medical supplies or appointments, exercise once a day and essential travel to work.