Total of 121 fines for breaching lockdown rules issued in West Yorkshire - full details revealed

A total of 121 fines have been issued for breaking lockdown rules in West Yorkshire, new figures reveal.

Statistics released today by the National Police Chief's Council revealed 3,203 fines were issued in England between March 27 and the April 13 for flouting the government restrictions.

82 per cent of fines are given to men and 15 per cent to women, with 3 per cent unknown.

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A third of fines go to those aged 18-24, with a further third going to those aged 25-34, the figures for the UK revealed.

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Calls to 999 are down by 14 per cent according to the statistics, with a 13 per cent drop in 101 calls.

Many more people are reporting online during the lockdown measures – a 61 per cent increase.

Fines for breaches of government public health regulations issued by police officers in England and Wales equate to less than 0.01 per cent of the eligible population in England and Wales.

Crime has fallen year on year - police forces have seen crime reduce by 28 per cent in the four weeks to April 12 compared to the same period last year.

The NPCC said provisional data from police forces in England and Wales shows a reduction in crime during coronavirus outbreak and that the vast majority of the public are following government regulations enacted in response to the crisis.

National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Chair Martin Hewitt, said: “The service across the UK currently has an overall absence rate of ten per cent, covering both officers and staff, and not simply relating to Covid-19. With reductions in crime, policing is in a strong, resilient position due to the brilliant commitment of officers and staff and the extra hours of our police volunteers.

“Our message to the public is keep reporting crime to us – we are still here for you and our teams are working round clock to keep you safe.

“To those in danger or at risk, my message is we will come when you call for help.”

On March 26, the Government announced new public health regulations to reduce the spread of coronavirus. These measures entitled officers to issue individuals with £60 fines if they failed to comply after officers had engaged with them, explained the risks to public health and encouraged voluntary compliance.

On the enforcement on new public health regulations, NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt said:

“The vast majority of people are staying at home in order to protect the NHS and help save lives. However, we have seen a small minority of people who, despite our best efforts, have refused to follow the instructions and officers have needed to use their enforcement powers.

“I want to thank everyone who is being responsible and following the regulations.

“Provisional data on the number of fines issued by police forces shows proportionate policing of these new regulations. Police have interacted with the public in their tens of thousands, with most engagements ending positively and with no need for a fine.

“Our approach our approach of - engage, explain and encourage, and only as a last resort, enforce - is working and will continue.”

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