One penalty notice issued for Covid-19 rule breach in Richmondshire

Just one fixed penalty notice for breaching the Covid-19 rules has been issued in Richmondshire since the start of the latest lockdown, new figures show.

Across North Yorkshire, 241 fines have been issued since January 6.

However, only one has been issued in Richmondshire.

The recipient was a male visitor to the district who received the notice for being away from their own local area without a good reason.

Here are the figures for the whole county:

TOTAL NUMBER OF NOTICES ISSUED SINCE 6 JAN 2021 Gender Breach
Local Authority Area where Notice Issued Notices Issued Local Residents Visitors Male Female Being Outside Place of Living Outdoor Gathering Indoor Gathering Obstruct / Contravene
Craven 26 2 24 22 4 26 0 0 0
Hambleton 23 2 21 21 2 21 0 2 0
Harrogate 22 2 20 20 2 18 1 3 0
Richmond 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ryedale 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Scarborough 106 82 24 61 45 20 4 80 2
Selby 12 4 8 10 2 10 0 2 0
York 50 42 8 35 15 11 1 38 0
TOTALS 241 134 107 171 70 108 6 125 2

Inspector Mark Gee, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said officers were following a policy of “explaining, engaging and enforcing” with the general public.

Insp Gee said that in general people were sticking to the rules in the district.

He added: “It is good to see that the message is getting through and people are adhering to the regulations.”

The officer said it was noticeable that there had been far fewer visitors to Richmondshire during the current lockdown than in the two previous lockdowns, and that the district was not experiencing the same number of visitors as other parts of the county this time around.

“We have been working with our colleagues at the national park authority and we are really pleased that people are doing the right thing.”

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “Despite all the appeals, even last weekend North Yorkshire Police had to hand out 79 fines to people who had left home and travelled without a reasonable excuse, decided to have a get-together indoors or broken another covid-related regulation.

“On one occasion, a car full of people had travelled 160 miles for a non-essential journey and when stopped police colleagues found someone in the boot.”

But he added: “This tiny minority of rule breakers is not representative of the spirit and resilience of North Yorkshire folk or the tens of thousands of acts of kindness and neighbourliness going on all day everyday throughout this pandemic here.

“So to everyone who has, and is continuing to, contact someone who might be lonely to have a chat with them, walk a neighbour’s dog who may be shielding so they don’t have to go out, dropped off prescriptions or shopping for someone, been a friendly face and offered a smile – we thank you.”