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Cheshire police issue 58 fines for lockdown breaches over one weekend – Cheshire Live

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/cheshire-police-issue-58-fines-19610818

Police handed out a total of 58 fines over the weekend after “blatant” breaches of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Officers from Cheshire Constabulary issued the fixed penalty notices while on patrol or after receiving reports from communities across the county.

Most of them related to parties and gatherings, while vehicles were also stopped carrying multiple people who were not from the same household or from the Cheshire area.

Three fines were issued after a barbecue was held at a house in Crewe while eight were handed out in Chester to people at a house party.

Four were issued in Warrington at a children’s birthday party, for which one person had travelled from Birmingham to attend.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: “We have been living with some form of restrictions for around 10 months now and we have had to make incredible sacrifices in order to keep the ones we love safe.

“The majority of people living in Cheshire have been sticking to the rules in place and I would like to thank them for doing so.

“However, there is a minority who continue to blatantly and repeatedly flout the rules in place. This is not acceptable.

“Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage but when they are met with these persistent rule breakers who have no regard for the safety of others, we must do what we can to protect the NHS and save lives.”

People are only allowed to leave their home during the lockdown for essential reasons, including to shop for basics, to exercise, to go to work if you can’t from home or to escape risk of harm.

Exercise must be done alone, with members of the same household, support bubble or childcare bubble (for children under the age of 13).

Residents can also meet with one other person who is not a member of a support bubble or same household for exercise in a public outdoor space.

ACC Sims added: “With the new variant of the virus it is now more important than ever that we follow the restrictions in place and do all we can to stop the spread.

“The guidance is clear about staying at home. In Cheshire, we are lucky to have a great amount of green spaces and beauty spots but if we are exercising, we must do our best to keep it local.

“Officers will do their job in keeping you safe and, in turn, we need you to follow the rules and stick to the guidance, which is in place to help protect you – and others.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “With the new variant being more transmissible than the variant we knew before, we must do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus, protect our NHS and save lives.

“The majority of people in Cheshire have followed the restrictions which have been in place over 10 months now but we must continue to make great sacrifices in order to protect those in our communities from harm.”

For further advice and guidance, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

To report a coronavirus breach, go to www.cheshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/v7/tell-us-about-a-possible-breach-of-coronavirus-covid-19-measures.