Mum baffled at spotting 'baptism' in a LAKE during coronavirus lockdown

A HEALTHCARE worker has told of her anger when she saw a "baptism" taking place in a lake yesterday – despite a strict ban on social gatherings.

Mum-of-two Alison Boyd, 49, was on a walk near Babbs Mill Lake in Solihull, West Midlands, when she spotted a woman being dunked under the water by a man.

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She said a group of people chanted and cheered as the woman was submerged.

Alison said the woman, dressed all in white, then climbed back up the bank while the man addressed the "congregation" from the lake.

The government banned gatherings of more than two people when the UK was put on strict lockdown measures on March 23 to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Alison said she was "absolutely shocked" at the scene as she, her partner and two children enjoyed their daily walk.

Recalling the bizarre scene, Alison told the Birmingham Mail: "I looked at my other half and he looked at me and we were dumbfounded.

"Why would they even be doing that in there? It's not holy water.

"We are in a lockdown situation, what gives them the right to act like that? They are not listening to the government."

Alison, a post-surgery breast care specialist, said her children, aged eight and 13, were feeding the ducks when they looked up and saw a crowd of around 16 people "chanting" across the lake.

She said: "The man was in the lake with the lady and they were both dressed in white.

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"All of a sudden, he took her in his arms and placed her underwater backwards. He then raised her back up.

"He sort of held her and brought her back up and everyone was chanting and cheering.

"The lady who was underwater then climbed up the riverbank and the man stayed in the water addressing his congregation, from what I could see and hear.

"We could see the congregation as we walked round the lake. They were far too close and weren't social distancing.

"I tried to ring 101 but then my daughter fell off her bike and hurt her elbow and I needed to sort her out.

"The more I think about what I had seen, the more angry I became.

"People are risking their lives to save others. We need to adhere to the guidelines."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock backtracked yesterday after suggesting the government was ready to ban people from exercising outside their homes if they failed to obey rules to halt the spread of Covid-19.

However he admitted there was not yet a plan on how to end the lockdown – that is set to end on April 13.

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He said: "Of course there's a debate about what happens next and what happens after that. But it is not a debate that we are concluding on in government because it is too early."

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick today suggested the current lockdown measures could be gradually eased "in the weeks to come", although an exit strategy would require much more testing.

He urged councils not to close parks unless it is "impossible" to maintain social distancing in them.

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