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Almost 300 lockdown fines issued across Cornwall and Devon

Almost 300 lockdown fines issued across Cornwall and Devon

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:21am 24th April 2020. (Updated at 10:30am 24th April 2020)

It has been revealed that almost 300 fines have been handed out to people across Cornwall and Devon for breaking lockdown rules.

In the 10 days between Good Friday, April 10th, and 20th April, 296 fines were issued as a 'last resort' across the region by police.

Officers say the vast majority of those were issued to those making non-essential journeys.

A fixed penalty notice starts at £60 which is lowered to £30 if they are paid within 14 days. Second time offenders can be fined £120, doubling on each further repeat offence.

The force is thanking those people who are staying home, saying we all need to play our part in keeping the country safe.

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“By now, everyone should know what their responsibility is in the battle against coronavirus; keep staying at home, try to stay local when exercising and only undertake essential travel. This will help us protect the NHS and ultimately, to save lives.

“There is no room for complacency and we must all keep adhering to the government advice. The majority of people are continuing to play their part in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and to them that I say thank you, your role in this should not be underestimated.  

“There has been much discussion around the legislation and what it does and doesn’t specifically prohibit.

“It’s important to remember that a key factor is if a person’s actions are reasonable or not, and this is why our officers will continue to have conversations with those they stop and will make individual judgements based on specific circumstances presented to them.”

Assistant Chief Constable, Glen Mayhew

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“A very small percentage of those people our officers speak to during police stops result in enforcement. 

“The feedback from the vast majority of our communities is that we are currently striking the right balance between engagement and enforcement, and we will continue to strive to deliver a proportionate approach to the legislation.

“Please keep to doing your bit by staying at home and avoiding unnecessary travel; you are protecting the NHS and saving lives.”

Assistant Chief Constable, Glen Mayhew

You can find all the Covid-19 FAQs and updated information for police here.

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