Katie Hopkins has been told off by Devon and Cornwall Police after sharing a video of herself visiting a local garden centre and encouraging others to do the same.
The outspoken media personality, 45, posted a video of herself on her Twitter profile to reveal she had broken lockdown rules to visit the garden centre, called Plants Galore.
Speaking in the clip, which shows her wearing a grey fleece while stood in front of a row of shelves displaying flowers, Katie says: “I’m here at Plants Galore in West Country and this is one of the small businesses that are keeping their doors open.
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“Now, the pen pushers at Exeter council have tried to shut this down, they’ve tried to say it’s prohibited to be open. But, because this place needs to try and keep local jobs going and keep the local business going, they are defying the council’s orders and staying open.”
She continues: “I’m here in support to buy plants and I think when you think about it, normally, in normal times, the thing everyone wants to talk about is mental health and mental health issues.
“I would say that keeping garden centres open is an essential thing to be doing because it helps for people’s mental health. So I say let’s all dig for victory and support the good people at Plants Galore.”
The former Apprentice star then wrote above the footage: “This weekend we need to Dig for Victory. I applaud places like #PlantsGalore for defying bureaucrats (with guaranteed salaries & big pensions) using common sense and staying open
“Customers 2 metres apart. Same as supermarkets. More vital than beer & cigs”. [sic]
After Katie’s post was met with mixed reactions, with some calling for the police to reprimand her as one user wrote: “Can @DC_Police have a chat with Katie Hopkins. I’d like to know if this was an essential trip to buy food, and why she is exciting people to make unnecessary trips to garden centres”.
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And, Devon and Cornwall Police’s Twitter account responded in a series of posts, the first of which read: “Hi Katie. Over 30 people have now sadly died of COVID-19 in Devon alone and their families are now living with their tragic loss…. (1/2)“.
They continued: “(2/2)… Now more than ever we need everyone to work with us to encourage people to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. As a member of the Devon community, do the right thing and join the community effort to protect each other.”
In a later tweet, Katie said she had bee “reported to the police for buying a tomato plant” as she shared a video clip of her being interviewed by Sky News in Australia.
In the footage she says: “I have been reported to my very own local police, the Devon and Cornwall Police – they know me well, they come knocking on my door when I say a naughty thing.
“I have been reported to the police for going to my local garden centre.”
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