Wiltshire Police issue 45 lockdown fines in a week

By Barrie Hudson - 23 February 2021

CrimeHealth

The police are reminding people in Wiltshire that lockdown restrictions will largely remain in place over the coming weeks.

Over the past week the force has issued 45 fines to people breaching the covid-19 restrictions, with officers called to three separate house parties in Swindon on 21 February.

The latest fines brought the total to 623 since the start of the pandemic.

Officers also:
- Issued 78 formal warnings to people for failing to adhere to the Government rules. 
- Recorded 298 reports from members of the public, either via the phone or online.
- Recorded seven Covid-related crimes and 23 Covid-related incidents.

A spokesperson said: "A large proportion of the fines were for people gathering indoors for parties, including a total of 25 FPNs issued to people at three separate house parties in Swindon over the weekend.

"The first was in the early hours of Sunday morning when we were called to an address in Barnum Court, Rodbourne.

"Officers attended and found a party ongoing, so nine people, all aged between 24 and 55, were given £200 fines.

"A short while later we attended a property in Yersin Court, Old Town, and found a group of people drinking together and playing loud music. A total of nine people, all aged between 21 and 44, were all given £200 fines."

The third gathering was on Sunday afternoon, when officers were called to a barbecue at a house in Hughes Street, Rodbourne. Seven people, aged between 30 and 43, were given £200 fines.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: "The Government have made it clear that there will be no quick exit from lockdown and that many of the restrictions will remain in place for the coming months.

"Therefore it is important that we all continue to remain cautious, do not become complacent and play our part in keeping our communities safe.

"I know the news of further house parties held over the weekend will be incredibly frustrating for the vast majority of people adhering to the rules, who are missing their friends and family.

"But please be reassured that on behalf of communities, we will not tolerating these blatant breaches and will quickly move to enforcement in these incidences where people selfishly believe the law does not apply to them."

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson added: "We know that many restrictions will continue to last throughout the spring, and potentially into the summer, so please continue to adhere to the rules to help keep us all safe."

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