Police in Leicestershire and Rutland crack down on Covid breaches
A police force gave out more Covid fines in January than it did during the whole of 2020.
This lockdown, police have stepped up enforcement activity across Leicestershire and Rutland.
As a result, between January 1 to February 2, a total of 889 fixed penalty notices - to the approximate value of £170,000 - were issued to people breaching Covid-19 rules.
This amount is more than the number of tickets issued in Rutland and Leicestershire for the whole of last year’s pandemic, which totalled to 850.
Assistant chief constable, Kerry Smith, said: "The bottom line is that we have had to step up our enforcement as the message was not getting through to the small minority who are continuing to ignore the rules.
“We also have to thank the public for helping us by reporting Covid breaches to us.
"In the last month we received 2,480 calls relating to the pandemic. This is double the amount of calls we were receiving before this current lockdown. We need the public’s information to guide us and we have been clear as to what the consequences are.
“We are continuing to engage with the public but we are being more proactive in giving out the tickets where possible.
“We continue to share the public’s frustration that the small minority are still taking terrible risks."
Since March 23, 2020 to February 2, 2021, Leicestershire Police has given out a total of 1,739 Fixed Penalty Notices and has received a total of 21,508 reports of Covid-related incidents. During this period, 17 licensed premises were also visited.