Birmingham news West Mercia Police fine the most people out of all forces for face mask breaches MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The force responsible for Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire has been the most proactive in fining those ignoring face covering rules
Breaking News ! Worcestershire’s police force has fined the highest number of people out of all forces in England and Wales for face covering breaches. West Mercia Police has slapped 196 rule breakers with fines, more than a fifth of all fines issued by forces across England and Wales. The next highest was Northamptonshire Police with 160. Figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ reveal from March 27 to December 20, 958 fines were issued for face covering breaches across the two countries. Around a fifth of those fines – 199 – were issued for face covering breaches on public transport. The statistics, based on criminal records office (ACRO) data released this month, also show more than 700 fines were issued by the West Mercia force for breaches of coronavirus restrictions. In total 748 fixed penalty notices have been handed out, by the force responsible for Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. With 240 of those issued in the first lockdown and during the summer. Then 61 more were issued during October when the first tier system was introduced, and 198 during the second national lockdown in November. And 38 more fines were dished out during the new tier system in the first weeks of December. Read More Related Articles Mapped - every Covid-19 vaccination centre in West Midlands confirmed by NHS England Read More Related Articles Urgent SOS to doctors across city hospitals as sick and dying fill intensive care beds Three super fines of £10,000 for gatherings of more than 30 people have been issued in the West Mercia area, with 196 issued nationwide. Six businesses have fallen foul of the regulations and been fined while six fines have also been issued for those breaching international travel laws. West Mercia Police’s 748 fines, are lower than neighbouring West Midlands Police ’s 970, albeit covering a more populous area.
. The highest number of FPNs issued in England and Wales have been by Northamptonshire Police with 3,034, with the Greater Manchester force second highest with 2,183.
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Some 32,329 fines for breaches were issued by all England and Wales police forces between the March and December dates. With just under half – 15,914 issued in the first lockdown. More than 80 per cent of fines were issued to those aged 18 to 39, with 44 per cent given to 18 to 24-year-olds. More than 70 per cent of the fines were issued to men. National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said: “Thank you to the vast majority of the public for sticking to the rules and following the guidance in place to limit the spread of the virus.
“It is vital that everyone continues to take personal responsibility by staying home unless they have a valid reason not to be there. “I understand that this is not an easy request to be making but as we return to national restrictions, everyone must play their part in protecting the NHS and saving lives. “We will continue to engage with people proportionately, fairly and using common sense, taking our well-established 4Es [engage, explain, encourage, enforce] approach. “We have produced guidance for forces in line with the new national measures in England which reinforces this approach. “It is right for officers to be inquisitive about why individuals may be away from home. Those who blatantly ignore the regulations should expect to receive a fixed penalty notice and we’ll target our resources towards those who commit the most serious breaches and put others at risk through their behaviour.”
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