Police blame ‘lockdown fatigue’ for surge in coronavirus fines

Police blame ‘lockdown fatigue’ for surge in coronavirus fines
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Police have blamed “lockdown fatigue” for a huge surge in coronavirus fines as one of the country’s most senior officers warned the public not to go “silly” when restrictions are finally eased.

Officers in England and Wales are now handing out more than 900 fixed penalty notices every day as a “hardcore” of people continue to flout the rules.

Figures published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) showed that a total of 68,952 fines had been issued since the start of the pandemic, but 26,277 of those came in the four weeks up to Feb 14.

The figures reveal a massive ramping up of police enforcement, even though the vaccine rollout is well underway and the restrictions are close to being eased.

Martin Hewitt, the chairman of the NPCC, said there was still a…

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