58 people fined as visitors flock to Cleethorpes
58 people were issued with Covid FPNs for breaching regulations this weekend after visitors flocked to Cleethorpes.
The resort was very busy this past weekend, but most people appeared to be adhering to the rules.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman said that Humberside Police had employed additional patrols as the weather improved and people inevitably headed to coastal regions. He added:
“Humberside Police issued 58 fixed penalty notices this weekend alone & employed additional patrols across whole region.
“People must continue to adhere to the rules and we publicised how we enforced with visitors as far away as Blackpool.”
Meanwhile, twenty people were issued with fines for breaching regulations at Kenwick Woods in Louth.
Officers from the Lincolnshire Police force attended reports of gatherings just after 8pm on Saturday 27th February.
The groups were dispersed, and 20 people were issued with fixed penalty notices.
Inspector Sarah Constantine said:
“This was a blatant breach of Covid regulations.
“Eleven months on and back into a national lockdown, the rules are really clear and so it is frustrating that we still have a small number of completely defiant and irresponsible people who have no regard for the safety of themselves or others.
“While we are still following our 4 E model of engage, explain, encourage and only using enforcement as a last resort, officers are not getting into a debate or discussion with these people about what the rules are or whether they are necessary.
“We’re taking a common sense approach, applying discretion and judgement when engaging with the public. But common sense would dictate that any gatherings of this nature are not acceptable.”
Authorities are continuing to urge people to stick to Covid restrictions and help stop the spread of the virus.