WEST MERCIA Police has confirmed that a cafe in Coton catering to motorcyclists is operating within COVID-19 measures, despite concerns over the volume of visitors at the weekend.

The Phoenix Café, run by Natalie and Wendy Albonetti, opened for the first time on Saturday, May 16, offering a takeaway service to customers.

Good weather over the weekend and the popularity of a 'biker' cafe meant for an extremely busy opening weekend for the cafe, leading some to complain on social media.

But Tracy Ryan from West Mercia Police has confirmed that any fears were unfounded, with the cafe and visitors all sticking to social distancing measures.

She said: "In relation to the issue of bikers in Coton this weekend – The Safer Neighbourhood Team are aware of this matter and attended on a number of occasions [on Sunday].

"The cafe is operating within the guidance/law with a strict one in, one out policy.

"Those checked on the forecourt were within family groups and distancing from those not in their family group.

"To our knowledge this was not an organised bike 'meet' but, like many venues across the force area, a biker friendly venue to stop for refreshment and a comfort break which has seen activity as a result of the most recent COVID-19 guidance.

"To reassure those with concerns for the use/safety of the road there were caution signs placed in advance of the venue in both directions and those leaving the site were 'seen out' at a distance by others to ensure no other road users were disrupted."

Meanwhile a spokesman for the cafe reiterated the message from West Mercia Police.

They said: "Following visits from the police on Sunday we are pleased to announce that we comply to all social distancing protocol.

"We applied signs out on the approaches on Sunday, but unfortunately one was stolen or removed.

The police and safer roads partnership are attending on Thursday evening to see how we can work together to provide signage to warn all motorists on the reproaches.

"Also how we are working with them and local businesses, and residents to instigate an extension of the 40mph from Quina Brook to the Prees turning, making it safer for all.

"We are doing everything in our power to make it safe for everyone travelling to us and everyone in the area.

"Thank you for your cooperation during this time."