Police have confirmed that “no issues were identified” when they visited a shop in Bishop’s Waltham after council officials questioned its trading status during lockdown.
As we reported last week, Rachel Wells, who runs Tashinga in the High Street, faced visits from Bishop’s Waltham’s Community Safety Officer, Winchester City Council’s Environmental Health Department and finally by the police following claims that she was trading as normal.
Rachel, pictured, had been operating a click and collect only service during the current lockdown which was in line with government rules.
Now a spokesperson for Hampshire Police has said: “We can confirm that we have been assisting Winchester City Council with their work to investigate potential breaches by businesses of the current Health Protection Regulations. As part of this work we attended Tashinga on the High Street in Bishops Waltham on Friday November 13th, no issues were identified.”
“That is great to hear,” said Rachel. “I am not alone in this level of harassment as I have spoken with other shop keepers who have experienced similar.
“I don’t want to criticise the police because I think they have been given an all but impossible task by this Government and I appreciate they are trying to do their best but in a situation when your garden shed is broken into and your bikes and tools are stolen and the police do not have the time to even take an interest, I find it hard to commend them on going after decent workers instead of criminals.”
Tashinga, like all independent stores, will be open again from tomorrow when the current full lockdown ends.