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Humberside Police Will Issue Fines for Lockdown Breaches

Humberside Police Will Issue Fines for Lockdown Breaches

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 8:09am 28th March 2020. (Updated at 8:10am 28th March 2020)

Anyone caught breaking the coronavirus lockdown rules could be fined £60, the Humberside’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

Keith Hunter said those caught outside without good reason during the lockdown would be fined £60. The fine would be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Repeat offenders could see themselves fined £120 – with the amount doubling for every further offence.

The fines are being brought in as part of new enforcement powers given to police officers to stop the flouting of the lockdown.

Mr Hunter said wilful flouting of the rules could not be allowed to continue.

“This is about saving lives and protecting the ability of our National Health Service to respond not only to Covid-19 but to other threats to the health of the public.

The new powers are intended to make sure people stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel.

I ask everyone to comply with the government rules and support all our emergency services and the NHS during this period.

The granting of new police powers will hopefully add emphasis, for those who require it, that wilful flouting of the rules and guidance cannot be allowed to continue, in the interests of us all.”

Officers can also tell people to go home and disperse gatherings under the rules.

They also have the power to ensure parents are making their children follow the rules. The powers are in effect as of Friday.

It comes after the government ordered a national lockdown on Monday evening to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

 

 

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