The Cotswolds among hotspots in Gloucestershire for covid fines

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Gloucestershire’s police chief says there has been a “significant rise” in the number of people fined for breaching covid rules since the start of lockdown, with 170 handed out in just under a month, writes Leigh Boobyer.

Between January 6, when lockdown started, and February 2, 172 fines and 220 warnings have been issued to members of the public who have been caught breaking coronavirus rules.

Chief Constable Rod Hansen said the figures are rising as there were 75 fines and 272 warnings between the end of September and beginning of January.

However Mr Hansen said the increasing number of fines and warning is “proportionate”.

He said: ”We have issued about 400 fines since March 2020.

“172 fines and just more than 220 warnings have been issued since the start of the new lockdown, which was on January 6, and those figures are up to Tuesday, February 2.

“About one a month in terms of that. Prior to that we have issued 75 fines and 272 warnings in the space of three months between the end of September and early January.

“The key point here is the number of fines and warnings is significantly going up. But we think that is for good reason, we think it is proportionate.”

He continued: “The hotspots for us primarily are Gloucester. It has the greatest population, it also has the highest infection rate so it is not a surprise that the greatest number of fines and warnings we have issued relate to the city of Gloucester.

“Of course, Cheltenham as well because it is a large conurbation, and then the Cotswolds thereafter because people are coming to either poach or visit the area when they should not and in flagrant breach of the covid regulations.”

Under lockdown rules, all non-essential travel is banned and you are not allowed to meet with people from other household inside.

The chief constable added: “I am very proud of my staff. Like so many other key workers and volunteers that we have working with us to keep people safe from home, they are doing a tremendous job in difficult circumstances and they are overwhelmingly supported by our public.

“It is so easy to latch onto the headlines of the individuals we stop and fine for almost unbelievable stories about why they would do that, so late into the covid pandemic.

“But it is a minority of people, and generally there is a great spirit in our county.

“We are not seeing significant breaches on a daily basis, the minor ones we will do our boast to soak up and deal with.”

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