North Yorkshire police handing out more lockdown fines than any other force

Police in North Yorkshire still holds the record for handing out the most lockdown fines in the country.

By Sarah Fitton
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 11:13 am
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 11:16 am
More fines have been handed out in North Yorkshire than anywhere else in the country
More fines have been handed out in North Yorkshire than anywhere else in the country

Between the end of March and September 21, North Yorkshire Police issued 1,151 fines for breaching coronavirus restriction rules.

That figure was more than were handed out by police in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and even the Metropolitan Police.

The Scarborough News reported in June how North Yorkshire Police had issued more fines than any other force in the country, and that is still the case.

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Superintendent Mike Walker, who is leading the North Yorkshire Police Covid-19 response, said: “We’re at a point in time where it’s crucial that everyone in North Yorkshire takes all the relevant steps to slow the spread of this virus.

"The choices and decisions each one of us makes right now will have a huge impact on the whole community in the weeks to come.

“We’re really pleased to say that the large majority of the public are following the new guidelines around the wearing of face coverings, social gatherings and the rule of six and we’d like to thank them for their support.

"However, those who choose not to abide by new legislation should expect police to take enforcement action.

“Sadly it does not take many making poor decisions to undo all the good work and sacrifice the public of North Yorkshire has put into beating this virus and the police will play their part in not letting this happen.”