Latest figures show that West Mercia Police issued a total of 999 fixed penalty COVID-19 notices between 27th March 2020 and 17th January 2021. These fines were issued for various reasons, including the non-wearing of face coverings and international travel.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said:
“We are doing what we said we would, moving more quickly to enforcement where there are clear breaches of the rules. This seriously dangerous stage of the virus and national lockdown have led to more proactive patrols by forces and more FPNs have been issued as a result.
“We know most people are doing their best to follow the rules, however there is a stubborn minority who are not taking personal responsibility and continue to put people at risk.
“The most effective way to reduce the virus spreading and to avoid getting a fine, is for people to comply with the regulations and to stay home unless they have an exemption which applies to them.”
Breakdown of the 999 fixed penalty notices issued by West Mercia Police:
No.1, No.2 and local lockdown – 240 fines issued.
Local COVID-19 alert levels – 61 fines issued.
Hold a gathering of more than 30 people – 4 fines issued.
No.4 regs (November national lockdown) – 197 fines issued.
All Tiers Regulations (including January lockdown) – 269 fines issued.
Face coverings regulations (public transport & relevant place) – 214 fines issued.
International travel regulations – 7 fines issued.
Business Regulations – 7 fines issued.
TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 RELATED FIXED PENALTY NOTICES ISSUED: 999