POLICE has fined more than 18,000 lockbreakers in England and Wales.
A total of 18,439 fines were imposed on offenders, as police chiefs warned that unruly Britons should take “more personal responsibility” when the lockdowns are relaxed next month.
Lockdown fines, recorded by the forces until June 22, included 15,856 in England and 2,583 in Wales.
But tickets distributed in the previous two weeks fell to just 189, from a peak of 5,280 in the fortnight to April 27.
North Yorkshire had the highest number of fines with 1,112, while the Ministry of Defense (MOD) police imposed 35.
MOD police do not patrol the streets but protect sites of national significance.
Preliminary figures were released before bars and restaurants reopened on July 4, following schools and other non-essential stores that were unlocked earlier this month.
NPCC President Martin Hewitt said, “As restrictions are relaxed from July 4 in England, it is important that everyone takes more personal responsibility for their safety by continuing to follow official advice and government regulations. .
“Limiting the spread of the virus should always be everyone’s priority.
“I want to thank again the vast majority of people for respecting the government’s lockdowns and advice. ”
The figures follow days of chaos as the British filled the beaches during the heat wave and the police were tasked with breaking up illegal raves and street parties.
And the British “at the party” have been accused of stopping the fall in coronavirus cases, risking another 30,000 deaths.
Police Federation National President John Apter has warned that the government’s announcement of a July 4 easing could be “a countdown to the holiday.”
“This leads to problems that the police will have to face,” he said.
“First, of course, alcohol consumption causes concern and leads to intoxicated and irresponsible behavior, and there is also the fear that people who cannot enter pubs due to restrictions still in place may cause conflicts.
“This will undoubtedly add more pressure to the police, paramedics and the wider NHS. ”
The latest NPCC figures show that 79% of the fines imposed in England and Wales were imposed on men, 68% of whom were under 35 years of age.
Some 787 tickets went to repeat offenders, two people received eight fines, and three people were arrested seven times.
The fines resulted in penalties of £ 60, reduced to £ 30 if paid within two weeks but doubling for each repeat offense to a maximum of £ 960.
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From 13 May onwards fines of £ 100 have been imposed in England, reduced to £ 50 if paid within 14 days and to a maximum of £ 3,200 for other offenses.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned yesterday that the Covid-19 cases would “rise again” if the British did not follow social distancing guidelines.
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