Police fine revellers who travelled from Leeds to Yorkshire coast for a party during lockdown
Revellers who travelled to the Yorkshire Coast from Leeds for a party have been fined.
The group of friends were slapped with fixed penalty notices by police for visiting Bridlington for the gathering.
The fines were among several that have been issued by Humberside Police to people breaking lockdown rules during the last two weeks.
One person was fined for returning to England from overseas but not self-isolating, a small group of men were fined when they were found outside their area for hare coursing, and a man from Liverpool was issued with a fixed penalty notice when he was found in Humberside without a reasonable excuse.
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The force’s Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said it is only a minority of people who are not adhering to the rules.
“The first two weeks of 2021 have been one of facing new challenges and new regulations and I am pleased to say that yet again the people of East Yorkshire, Hull, North and North East Lincolnshire have, in the majority, stood up to the challenges of the ‘new normal’ and have been, by and large, adhering to the new restrictions,” he said.
“We have however had a number of instances of people flagrantly breaching the regulations.
“This weekend officers have issued 78 fixed penalty notices in the force area.
“We were called to reports of parties in Beverley, Hull and Scunthorpe, where a number of people were found hosting and attending parties.
“Clearly this is in breach of the current restrictions and is not only a danger to those attending but a risk to spread the virus to their wider communities.
“Our policing approach has always been to engage with our residents and communities, explaining and encouraging them to follow the guidance, letting people know that what they are doing may put themselves and others at risk.
“The majority of people have been very accepting of this advice, however, this weekend has shown that where necessary we have had to disperse groups that are found in breach of the regulations and enforcement has been necessary.
“This enforcement is only considered after all reasonable requests and other options have been tried.
“We continue to take this approach to ensure we protect our communities which will always be our priority, to keep people safe and to protect the National Health Service as they face increased numbers of hospitalised patients.
“Preventing the spread of the virus remains a shared effort and everyone has personal responsibility for following the laws and regulations set out.
“This new coronavirus variant is reported as being highly transmissible and it is crucial that we call do whatever we can to abide by the restrictions, to protect each other.
“As our communities begin to receive their Covid-19 vaccination appointments, there is much hope and anticipation that we can return to normal in the not too distant future.
“However, now is not a time to relax or step back from our responsibilities, the complete roll out of the vaccine program will take months to complete and we must all continue to help each other and stay at home to stay safe and protect each other and the NHS.”
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