"Significantly less" Covid-19 fines handed out in Wiltshire last week

"Significantly less" Covid-19 fines handed out in Wiltshire last week

Published by Jack Deery at 2:28pm 27th April 2020.

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The force have released the figures from 20th - 26th April on how many arrests and fixed penalty notices were issued.

In that time, Wiltshire Police recorded: 

  • 31 incidents linked to COVID19 - compared to 58 the week before
  • 13 crimes linked to COVID19 - compared to 6 the week before
  • Issued 12 Fixed Penalty Notices - compared to 47 the week before
  • Made 2 arrests linked to breaches in the COVID19 national guidelines - compared to 4 the week before

Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, who was on-call over the weekend, said: 

"These figures continue to show that the majority of our communities are listening to and abiding by the current Government restrictions which is great to see.

Our primary focus on engagement rather than enforcement is reflected in the significant decrease in the number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) officers have had to issue over the last week."

So far, they have issued around 138 fines since the new policing powers came into force. 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: 

"This morning, we heard from the Prime Minister that we must carry on with the current restrictions until the risk of a second peak has passed.

It is, therefore, pleasing to see that the vast majority of our communities continue to act in a responsible way by adhering to the restrictions.

I know many of them will be feeling fatigued and perhaps impatient, but we must do the right thing and carry on protecting the NHS and those most vulnerable."

POLICE AUTHORITY

To ensure people do stay at home during this period, if members of the public are seen outside for no good reason, the police are able to: 

  • Instruct them to go home, leave an area or disperse
  • Ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking these rules
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence
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