Fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations are nearing the 100,000 mark as police today vowed to go after indoor parties, even as lockdown rules ease. Provisional data published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) shows a total of 94,368 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued by forces, including 85,975 in England and 8,393 in Wales, between March 27 last year and March 14, 2021. Some 25,416 of those, or more than a quarter, were issued in the latest four-week period – down from more than 26,000 the previous month. Two policemen were wounded as they tried to stop people leaving an illegal gathering in Knightsbridge in January Police officers confront a man breaching rules at a barbershop in Kent in February What are the rules around gatherings? Under current Covid laws, you must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices). You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you… Read full this story
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