Most lockdown fines in North Yorkshire are still being handed out in Scarborough, Whitby or Filey

Most of the fines for breaking lockdown rules issued by North Yorkshire Police are still being handed out along the East Coast.

By Sarah Fitton
Sunday, 29th November 2020, 5:54 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th November 2020, 6:00 pm

Of 72 fines handed out last week by North Yorkshire Police for breaching the national coronavirus restrictions, more than two thirds were in Scarborough, Whitby or Filey.

“There will always be people who think the rules do not apply to them and our police colleagues will continue to maintain a high visibility, carrying out enforcement as well as encouragement of people to stick to the rules – particularly in areas with the highest transmission rates,” said Superintendent Mike Walker, gold commander for North Yorkshire Police’s response to Covid-19.

“North Yorkshire is one of the highest issuing forces of fixed penalty notices for breaches of the restrictions and the police will continue policing communities proportionately.

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“Of the 72 fines issued last week, more than two thirds were handed out along the coast – the area with the highest rates.

“These were for a mix of indoor and outdoor gatherings.

“Such behaviour must not be allowed to undermine the sterling efforts of the vast majority of residents who have helped to drive the rate down.”

Earlier this month, The Scarborough News reported how of 45 fines handed out in a week by North Yorkshire Police for breaking lockdown rules, 40 were in the Scarborough borough.

Of those 40, 20 were for people out of their homes without a reasonable excuse, 16 to people gathering outside and four to people gathering indoors.