Lockdown fines: Compare the number of breaches of the rules in your region

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Lockdown fines: Compare the number of breaches of the rules in your region

Police chiefs have said people must take “more personal responsibility” when Covid-19 lockdown measures are further eased on July 4 as fines for breaches dropped to their lowest level.

Tickets handed out in the two weeks to June 22 fell to just 189 from a high of 5,280 in the fortnight to April 27, according to provisional data released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Friday.

A total of 18,439 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) including 15,856 in England and 2,583 in Wales, were recorded by forces up to June 22, according to the provisional data.

Some 1,691 tickets were issued in England since Covid-19 restrictions were first eased on May 13, with just 358 handed out from June 1, when groups of six people were allowed to meet outdoors.

Police were first given powers to break up gatherings and fine people for breaching restriction of movement rules under the Health Protection Regulations 2020 on March 27.

The NPCC said there was an upward trend to a peak in the week ending April 16, which included the Easter Bank holiday, with a fall from mid-May as restrictions began to be eased in England.

The latest figures, which could be revised upwards, show the lowest levels of enforcement since the lockdown began.

NPCC chairman Martin Hewitt said: “As restrictions ease further from July 4 in England, it is important for everyone to take more personal responsibility for their safety by continuing to follow official advice and government regulations.

“Limiting the spread of the virus should still be everyone’s priority.

“I would like to again thank the vast majority of people for abiding by the lockdown measures and government advice.”

Here are the total number of fines issued by police forces in England between March 27 and June 22, for breaches of the coronavirus lockdown laws:

  • Avon and Somerset: 350
  • Bedfordshire: 293
  • British Transport Police (BTP): 326
  • Cambridgeshire: 135
  • Cheshire: 197
  • City of London: 66
  • Cleveland: 295
  • Cumbria: 686
  • Derbyshire: 261
  • Devon and Cornwall: 978
  • Dorset: 824
  • Durham: 180
  • Essex: 242
  • Gloucestershire: 235
  • Greater Manchester: 303
  • Hampshire: 264
  • Hertfordshire: 271
  • Humberside: 127
  • Kent: 120
  • Lancashire: 771
  • Leicestershire: 366
  • Lincolnshire: 233
  • Merseyside: 480
  • Metropolitan Police: 1,072
  • MoD Police: 35
  • Norfolk: 410
  • North Yorkshire: 1,122
  • Northamptonshire: 369
  • Northumbria: 276
  • Nottinghamshire: 186
  • South Yorkshire: 366
  • Staffordshire: 42
  • Suffolk: 262
  • Surrey: 508
  • Sussex: 854
  • Thames Valley: 796
  • Warwickshire: 58
  • West Mercia: 170
  • West Midlands: 373
  • West Yorkshire: 774
  • Wiltshire: 180

Total: 15,856

Number of fines issued by police forces in Wales in the same timeframe:

  • BTP – 25
  • Dyfed-Powys: 1,651
  • Gwent: 128
  • North Wales: 464
  • South Wales: 315

Total: 2,583

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