100 coronavirus fines issued by Cambridgeshire police in past month

Cambridgeshire police has issued more than 100 fines relating to coronavirus over the past month.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 5:00 am

The force issued 921 fixed penalty notices between March 27, 2020 and April 18, 2021.

This compares to 807 between March 27, 2020 and March 14, 2021 - a rise of 114.

Overall, three people have been fined for holding a gathering of more than 30 people, 32 for face covering breaches, 16 for international travel breaches and nine for business regulations breaches.

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The remaining fines relate to other breaches of the law.

In Lincolnshire, police have handed out 977 fixed penalty notices in total, while in Northamptonshire the figure is 3,175.

Overall, police in England and Wales have processed a total of 110,322 fixed penalty notices for breaches of coronavirus restrictions up to April 18.

Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, said: “We’re continuing to take encouraging steps out of lockdown. The number of fines processed have gone down again in the past four weeks, which is to be expected as restrictions are lifted.

“All of our hard work and sacrifice is paying off, and to ensure we continue to move in this direction it’s important we keep the threat of Covid-19 at the forefront of our minds and stick to the rules at each stage of the roadmap.

“Despite these good signs there are still a small number of people who blatantly disregard the rules, attending and organising large gatherings such as illegal parties or unlicensed music events. Forces up and down the country have shut down a number of these selfish and unsafe events and officers won’t let up in their efforts over the coming weeks.

“The same applies for large indoor gatherings, and any person who organises or attends these can also expect to be fined.

“Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend I also want to remind everyone that there are still limits on how many people can meet up in groups outside. As the weather has improved and restrictions have eased we have seen several large gatherings in outdoor spaces, most commonly in parks.

“I understand that people are excited to see their friends and family again after such a long time, but it really is vital people continue to follow the rules at each stage of the Government’s roadmap or we risk undermining our efforts up to now.

“Our officers will continue to carry out patrols and will engage with the public to keep explaining the restrictions which remain in place at the time.”