Police give fines for house parties and large gatherings of people from different households according to new data

Police fined the public for house parties, camping and large gatherings of people - a new report revealed.

Friday, 12th June 2020, 10:03 am

Provisional data released today showed a continuing reduction in the number of fines issued since lockdown measures eased, the National Police Chiefs Council said.

However, in England fines have been issued for reasons such as driving with non-household members, house parties, large gatherings of people from different households and camping.

Data released today shows that a total of 15,715 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been recorded by forces in England up to June 8 for breaches of government public health regulations.

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From June 1, it has been lawful for groups of up to six people to meet outdoors in England (as long as social distancing measures are maintained).

From June 1 to June 8, a total of 161 Fixed penalty notices were issued, it was revealed.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said: “We’re now near to closing the first month away from full lockdown. Soon, shops will be open again, and there will be more people outdoors going about their business. Our approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging continues to be successful. Since measures eased in England, the number of fines issued has seen a sustained fall.

“Behind each fine is a case where someone has failed to listen and do the right thing. A fine is issued following engagement to establish the circumstances, explanation of what the regulations are and why they’re in breach of them, and encouragement to stop their activity and return home.

“Officers have used their common sense and discretion to take in to account people’s individual circumstances. We will only enforce as a last resort, against those who are in clear breach of the regulations.

“I would like to thank the vast majority of people who are continuing, as they have always done, to abide by the lockdown measures and the Government’s advice.”

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