Majority of Covid-19 fines issued in Richmondshire to visitors

Police stop a biker in the Yorkshire Dales last year. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

Police in North Yorkshire have thanked local residents for their efforts in helping to control the spread of coronavirus as the latest enforcement figures are released.

Officers have issued more than 1,000 fines across the county to people breaching the coronavirus regulations — including 126 between May 13, when the restrictions were eased, and May 27.

In Richmondshire, the majority of fines have been issued to visitors rather than local residents.

The figures show:

  • 54 fines have been issued in Richmondshire — nine to residents and 45 to visitors.
  • 40 were issued to men and 14 to women
  • 35 were issued for movement and 19 were for gathering
  • Ten were issued between May 13 and 27. All were to visitors —two for movement and eight for gathering

Since the easing of some restrictions, the vast majority of fines have been issued across the county for restrictions on gathering – where people from more than two households have gathered in public places.

Since May 13, the total number of fines issued for gathering offences is 95, the total for movement offences is 26, and four have been issued for contravening a direction.

Superintendent Charlotte Bloxham, North Yorkshire Police’s silver commander for the response to Covid-19, said: “The overarching aim of the police response has always been to keep people as safe as possible, and encourage them to follow the regulations, reducing the transmission of the virus and protecting lives.

“We will continue to play our part and are grateful for all of the support and positive engagement we have had from members of the public as we police what has been, and continues to be, a fast-moving situation.

“We know the vast majority of people will continue to act responsibly and we thank them for their continued efforts over the past two months. As we continue to enjoy a little bit more freedom to meet up with other people, we still need to keep in mind that although some restrictions have been eased, the virus has not gone away and can still be transmitted, so please remember what’s at the heart of these rules, and that’s protecting the lives of your family and friends.

“We will continue to engage with members of the public, explain the regulations and encourage people to adhere to them, using enforcement as a last resort.”