Two-thirds of lockdown fines handed to under-35s

Around two thirds of the fines against coronaviruses were handed out to people under the age of 35, according to the police.

Data released Wednesday by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) shows that between March 27 and October 19, police fines in England and Wales were fined 20,223 for violating coronavirus restrictions – 17,451 in England and 2,772 in Wales.

These include 980 for violating local lockdown laws – with the majority issued by the armed forces of Greater Manchester (374) and Northumbria (366).

Overall, the weekly number of fines increased between mid-September and early October.

Around eight out of ten enforcement notices were addressed to men, 78%, while 35% were sent to 18- to 24-year-olds, 18% to persons aged 25 to 29 and 14% to persons aged 30 to 34.

When the fined person self-identified their ethnicity, 80% went to a white person, 12% to an Asian person, and 5% to someone who is black.

Preliminary figures for the new three-tier system show that 268 fines have been imposed in England, 65 of which were imposed for non-compliance in Tier 1, 79 in Tier 2 and 124 in Tier 3.

Also in England there were 64 fines for large gatherings such as illegal raves and parties, with a fine of £ 10,000. Two were distributed in Wales.

There were also 399 fines for violations of the rule of six, which went into effect on Sept. 14.

There were 258 fixed penalties imposed on face coverings in England and Wales between June 15 and October 19. Of these, 86 were on public transport distributed by nine armed forces, while 172 were used in facilities such as shops in 21 armed forces.

Forty-seven fines have been imposed on companies in England for violations including failure to close at 10 p.m., failure to enforce face mask rules and failure to comply with table service.

International quarantine figures show that as of Oct. 19, 4,518 police investigated cases found the person who obeyed the rules, while another 284 broke the rules, but were persuaded to obey the rules without being fined.

However, 380 people had given the wrong address, so that no police action could be taken, while a further 629 were absent when the officers were present and were therefore not exposed to any further police action.

The NPCC said these cases would be referred back to the UK Border Force.

Police fined those who were unable to self-isolate 125 fines after moving to England from a country on the UK government’s quarantine list.

NPCC Chairman Martin Hewitt said, “We have seen an increase in enforcement activity over the past month due to the coming into force of new regulations and a shift towards faster enforcement against those who knowingly break the rules.

“If people don’t listen to the cops’ encouragement, we will take action. That is our job and I believe the public expects us to do it.

“Coronavirus is something we all had to adapt to quickly, and officials had to take up new regulations at record speed and apply them across the population.

“The number of cases that enforcement action is required at all is only a small fraction of the total engagement we’ve had with the public.

“Enforcement does not and should not always mean police involvement. Individuals, companies and a range of agencies are all responsible for suppressing the virus, and the police will continue to play their part.”

Figures on selected crimes, also released by the NPCC on Wednesday, show that the number of attacks on rescue workers in the four weeks ending September 27 increased by 27% compared to the same period last year.

Rape recorded by the police increased by 2%, while domestic violence cases increased by 3%.

Overall crime fell 6% over the same period from 2019, despite police chiefs claim that the demand for armed forces remains high.

The number of 999 calls and 101 calls was down 9% year over year in the four weeks ended September 27. The absence of civil servants and employees is around 5.9%.

Mr. Hewitt added, “Although overall crime is lower than last year at this time, the demand for police remains substantial.

“In addition to daily police work to prevent and combat crime and to ensure the safety of communities, we are working with our partners at local and national level to fight this pandemic and limit the spread of the virus.

“Officers and staff are incredibly busy and work under difficult circumstances.”

Official crime data from the Office of National Statistics, released on Wednesday, shows anti-social behavior increased 45% from 339,944 in April to June 2019 to 493,267 over the same period this year.

Police recorded drug crimes increased 30% from 44,064 in April-June 2019 to 57,132 over the same period this year, while police recorded domestic abuse-related crimes increased 9% during lockdown of 182,562 in April-June 2019 rose to 198,112 for the same period that year.

Between April and June 2019 and the same period this year, there was a 20% increase in stalking and harassment (from 118,290 to 142,009 police-recorded crimes).


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