SLOUGH MP Tan Dhesi has urged residents to follow lockdown restrictions and not to harass key workers.

In a video posted on Twitter last Thursday, he asked locals to do themselves and their families a favour by staying at home and resist the urge to go out for unnecessary journeys or activities after being in lockdown for several weeks.

The Labour MP highlighted that those from Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority communities (BAME) are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and described Slough as a ‘hotspot’ in terms of the level of Covid-19 related deaths.

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He also asked for people to not harass the police or key workers while doing their job and keeping the public safe.

Tan Dhesi said: “Having collectively been in this lockdown now for several weeks, I know many of us are getting agitated and many of you, especially the younger amongst us, have felt the urge to go and play some cricket or go and play some football.

“Please, please refrain from doing that.

“Not only are you putting your own lives at risk, but you are putting the lives of your loved ones at risk, your parents and your grandparents.

“Many of you know that Slough has been a major hot spot in terms of the level of deaths that we have experienced in our own communities.

“And those of us from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities, we know that BAME communities that have been disproportionately affected by the large level and number of deaths.

“So please do all of yourselves a favour and do your families a favour by obeying the government’s guidelines.

“Now is not the time to be going and harassing either the police or whether it’s in terms of those within the NHS or other key workers who are trying to keep us safe. They’re only trying to do their job.”

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A viral video emerged last Monday of a group of Slough men playing cricket at Godolphin allegedly intimidating a police community support officer after explaining to them the importance of social distancing and adhering to the government’s guidelines.

Speaking from personal experience, Mr Dhesi told of the sad loss of his grandmother, uncle, and cousin’s sister-in-law to Covid-19 and the sadness of not being able to carry his grandmother’s coffin at her funeral.

He said: “I know just how painful, and how harrowing an experience it is – how horrible it is when you can’t mourn properly, when you can’t attend people’s funerals, you can’t collectively get together and grieve.”