ALL three candidates in the cancelled Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election for North Yorkshire have called on people to follow Government advice on beating the coronavirus.

In a joint statement, Philip Allott, Keith Tordoff, and Mark Christie, said: “As everyone knows, we are experiencing an unprecedented crisis with the coronavirus pandemic. This is putting a huge strain on the NHS, police, fire service and many other organisations, and we all need to help these dedicated people do their jobs as effectively and efficiently as they can in such difficult circumstances.

“Therefore, everyone must follow the Government’s advice to stay at home whenever possible.

“While many people are observing the rules on social distancing, others have been acting irresponsibly by gathering in large crowds in public places.

“ Equally, panic-buying in the shops puts vulnerable people at risk and also makes it difficult for our key workers to buy essential supplies.

“There have been far too many instances of older people, nurses, doctors and others being unable to get the food they need. This is completely unacceptable and has to stop now.

“As candidates for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections in 2021, we are asking each and every one of you to play your part during this national emergency. It really will save lives. Thank you in anticipation for your support.”

The election was due to have taken place on May 7 and has been cancelled along with the Craven District Council elections.