Statistical update on number of lockdown fines given by police
Provisional data released today show a continuing reduction in the number of fines issued as further lockdown measures eased in England and Wales
Data released today shows that a total of 16,019 fines were issued by forces between 27 March to 6 July in England. 2,637 were issued by forces in Wales for the same period.
In the new period covered by this release, between 23 June and 6 July, 97 fines were issued in England during the last fortnight, and 57 in Wales.
From 1 June, it has been lawful for groups of up to six people to meet outdoors in England (as long as social distancing measures are maintained). Where groups exceed that size, officers will follow the established 4E’s approach to encourage them to comply. Since 1 June, 482 fines were issued in England.
The vast majority of fines continue to be issued to males in the 18-39 age group. 787 people have been given more than one fine in England and Wales, for further breaches of restrictions.
In recent weeks, fines will have been issued for blatant breaches of the rules such as large gatherings outwith the scope of what’s permitted within the regulations, including for unlicensed events.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said:
“I’d like to again thank the vast majority of the public for following the rules and being patient as existing measures change and new measures are introduced. Officers are also adapting to these changes at the same pace as the public, and we all collectively understand that the sooner we see the transmission of the virus diminish, the less need for enforcement there will be.
“These are important restrictions still in place for the protection of the public’s health and wellbeing.
“In order to avoid further peaks and local lockdowns, I’m again stressing the need for everyone to be personally responsible and think twice before they go about their business – plan your trips, wear coverings where necessary, and don’t cram in public places where distancing is already difficult to achieve.”
For the first time since the new regulations came in to effect, national data is also being provided relating to the wearing of face coverings on public transport and the requirement to quarantine following international travel.
Up to the 22 June, 10 fines were issued across England and Wales regarding face coverings on public transport regulations. All fines were issued by British Transport Police.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Charging and Out of Court Disposals, DCC Sara Glen said:
“Wearing face masks on public transport will now be an essential part of our journey – just like you would check for your wallet and keys before leaving the house, please ensure that you have a face mask on your check-list before leaving home. This will help in limiting the spread of the virus, and will help to avoid future local lockdowns.
“Transport staff will be reminding and prompting the public. Signage is in place across all services to make sure we all follow the rules.
“Staff may restrict boarding if masks are not worn – they are doing their jobs, and are working hard to make sure we are as safe as we can be. Any abuse towards them is unacceptable and police may be contacted.”
Up to the 22 June, no fines were issued by territorial forces in England and Wales for breaches of the requirement to quarantine following international travel.
DCC Glen added:
“Enforcement of this regulation is important in reducing the spread of infection and to enable effective contact track and trace processes to take place. We are grateful to the public for following these measures.
“At the first stage, quarantine contact will happen via public health officials. Police forces will be contacted for further investigation if there is a concern that someone isn’t sticking to the rules. We will make visits to the nominated address given by a passenger and if we are satisfied that the rules are being adhered to, the matter can then be resolved.”