January 27, 2021

Coronavirus: 14,000 lockdown-breach fines imposed

Police in England and Wales have issued more than 14,000 fines for alleged breaches of lockdown laws.

The figures, from 27 March to 11 May, show the most fixed penalty notices – 906 – were handed out in London, by the Metropolitan Police.

The data covers the period before the penalty rose from £60 to £100 in England after the rules were eased.

It has also been disclosed that 56 people have been wrongly charged with offences relating to the pandemic.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council says 13,445 fines were issued by forces in England and 799 in Wales for breaches of social distancing rules brought in to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

These include restrictions on people’s right to move around or be part of a gathering.

After the Met Police, the Thames Valley force imposed the next highest number of notices (866), followed by North Yorkshire (843) and Devon and Cornwall (799).

By contrast, Warwickshire Police issued only 31, the Staffordshire force just 52 and Gwent 71.

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