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Humberside has issued the least Covid-19 fines in the UK, data shows

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Humberside has issued the least Covid-19 fines in the UK, data shows

According to data from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Humberside region has issued the least Covid-19 fines in the UK for people found to be breaching restrictions.

The data shows that between 27 March 2020 and 14 March 2021, Humberside has issued 0-10 fines per 10,000 people.

This is in contrast to other areas of the UK, with Lancashire and Merseyside issuing over 40 per 10,000 people.

When asked why there are such variations in the number of Covid-19 fines issued from region to region, the National Police Chiefs Council told the BBC that all forces have followed “base guidelines” to encourage the public to follow lockdown rules before police officers make the decision to issue a fine.

A spokesperson said: “Direct comparisons on numbers of fixed penalty notices are challenging as forces will have experienced different issues.”

See the data on the issuing of Covid-19 fines by region in the image below:

Source: BBC

John Apter, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents frontline officers, told the BBC that policing the pandemic has been “enormously challenging”.

He said: “Sudden changes in the law with little or no time to wrap their heads around the guidance accompanying it, coupled with a tier system and the challenges of different legislation in England and Wales, has made it incredibly difficult.”

The BBC also published the results of a report by the Home Office regarding the change in drug crimes from September 2019 to September 2020.

The results found that in most parts of the country, drug crime has significantly increased.

According to the data, drug crime in Humberside has increased by 11-20%.

Although this is on the medium scale when compared with other areas in the UK, some areas have experienced a reduction in drug crime, such as Lincolnshire.

Source: BBC

“The rise has been driven by the pandemic restrictions providing police with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to target dealers,” said the BBC.

“In London for instance, the Metropolitan Police began running more proactive drugs operations because dealers and suppliers were easier to find as they struggled to move freely during lockdown.”

 

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