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Lockdown: Devon and Cornwall Police dish out almost 800 fines

Lockdown: Devon and Cornwall Police dish out almost 800 fines

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:40am 18th May 2020.

It has been revealed that Devon and Cornwall Police have handed out almost 800 lockdown fines.

According to official data, the force dished out 799 charges to people between the 27th March and 11th May.

That was one of the highest rates in the country, behind only the Metropolitan Police with 906, Thames Valley Police with 866, and North Yorkshire with 843.

Warwickshire issued the fewest lockdown fines, with just 31.

A total of 14,244 fines for alleged breaches of these laws were issued across the country.

driver stopped in police patrols coronavirus lockdown

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair Martin Hewitt said he was satisfied with how the laws were being enforced.

"The figures show our approach is proportionate with just 0.02% of the population in England and Wales being issued with a fine.

"Our approach of - engage, explain and encourage, and only as a last resort, enforce - will continue.

"It is working across the UK. I urge the public to keep going, keep following the advice."

Martin Hewitt, National Police Chiefs' Council

coronavirus police patrols

It comes as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) claims dozens of people have been wrongly charged by police under new coronavirus laws.

All 44 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act, which allows officers to remove or detain a "suspected infectious person" for screening and assessment, since it was brought in on March 27 were incorrect.

Under the law, officers are authorised to remove or detain a "suspected infectious person" for screening and assessment.

A dozen charges brought under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, which allows police to break up gatherings and fine people breaching restriction of movement rules, were also wrong.

The CPS reviewed all 231 police charges under coronavirus legislation in England and Wales up to the end of April, where the prosecution has either been stopped or ended in a conviction.

Most (38) of the 44 charges had been brought alongside other offences, including assaults on emergency workers, theft and burglary.

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