Number of people fined for Covid-19 breaches in our area

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A total of 150 people will appear in court after failing to pay fines for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules.

Since March, Avon and Somerset Police has issued 362 Fixed Penalty Notices to residents flouting Covid measures.

Around 40 per cent of those fined will now appear in court because they did not pay the fee within 28 days.

Among those due to appear are a woman who attended a house party, and a man who travelled to Torquay.

Another person was fined for travelling from Essex, and another for repeatedly visiting people in their homes where he did not live.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Throughout this pandemic we’ve always looked to engage with the public, explain the regulations and encourage them to act responsibly.

“We’ve never wanted to issue people with fines but there have been times, mainly when people have wilfully ignored our requests to do the right thing, when enforcement has been necessary.

“Everyone has a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19 but it’s clear there are a minority who, even after having been issued with an FPN, refuse to take responsibility for their actions which ultimately risks increasing infection rates.

“The regulations aren’t in place to punish people, they are there to save lives and anyone who refuses to pay a FPN issued for breaching coronavirus regulations can expect to end up in court.”

From Monday (September 14), social gatherings of more than six people will be banned both inside and outside.

Legal exemptions to the six person rule apply – details of which can be found here.

People will be fine £100 if they are caught flouting the fresh restrictions, and up to £3,200 for repeat offenders.

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