Police thank public of Northamptonshire after Easter weekend leads to only 12 COVID-19 fines
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Northamptonshire Police is thanking the public after only having to issue 12 fines to people breaching the COVID-19 restrictions over the Easter weekend.
Last week, the Force announced that it would be stepping up its approach to enforcement after giving people three weeks to get used to the restrictions.
The majority of the public have been fantastic in staying inside, with police officers clocking up the miles on foot patrol and sharing photos of the many empty spaces across the county.
However, despite being on the lookout for people consistently breaking the rules, only 12 fines needed to be issued over the bank holiday weekend.
A further nine issued outside this period make the total number of fines issued by Northamptonshire Police – 21.
These incidents included:
A man travelling from Manchester to Milton Keynes to visit family.
A driver of a suspected stolen car stating he was on his way to see friends in Slough.
A driver with people not from the same household in his car, all on the way to pick up a BBQ.
Three men not from the same household who were not social distancing and had met to take drugs.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly, said: “Once again, the public of Northamptonshire have shown great resolve this weekend by staying indoors.
“We don’t underestimate how hard of a request this was, especially considering the lovely weather we had over the bank holiday weekend, and your support is greatly appreciated.
“In any situation, there will always be a small minority of people who ruin it for everyone else by falsely believing the rules don’t apply to them. The rules apply to everyone and those people breaking them at the weekend were issued with fines.
“By going out unnecessarily, you are not only putting yourself in danger, but you are also putting the ones you love in danger and putting more pressure on our NHS.
“We will continue taking action against the people who ignore the restrictions and I know we have the public’s support in doing so.
“We are now four weeks into the lockdown and we know it isn’t getting any easier being asked to stay inside.
“But you are saving lives by doing so and I can’t reiterate that point enough. When this is all over, and it will be over, though it might be hard to see the light at the tunnel at the moment, you can be proud of how well you rose to such an unprecedented national challenge.”
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold thanked the public for staying at home on what was an unusually sunny bank holiday weekend.
“I was very pleased this weekend to see that the vast majority of people across Northamptonshire listened to what we were all asked to do and stayed at home. These are very difficult times for us all and I extend my thanks to everyone who has followed the rules and played their part to help stop the spread of this virus in our community.
“I hope the fact that police officers and staff issued so few penalty notices is a tribute to the common sense approach that has been taken in Northamptonshire, both by the police and the public. I am now asking people to continue to stay strong, be sensible and work together with the Police to get safely through this period and back to a more normal way of life.”
Notes to Editors
12 fines were issued between March 27 and April 13 as per the NPCC’s data collection exercise.
21 fines have been issued in total in Northamptonshire.