Don’t Be Complacent In Final Week of Lockdown

Wiltshire Police urging people not to become complacent as we approach the final week of national lockdown.

Over the past week, they have issued five fixed penalty notices to people who were gathering in groups, with three of these being given to people from outside the area who had travelled to Swindon.

They had travelled to the town from Dagenham and were issued with their fines last Wednesday (18/11).

Between 16/11 and 22/11, Wiltshire Police:

• Issued five fixed penalty notices, with one further FPN issued retrospectively for the previous week. This brings our total to 244 since the beginning of the pandemic.
• Recorded 164 Covid-related reports, either online or over the phone.
• Recorded 61 Covid-related warnings, including two to businesses not complying with the lockdown restrictions.
• Recorded 10 Covid-related incidents and three Covid-related crimes.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said:

“Whilst we are seeing a high level of compliance within most of our communities during the current lockdown, we are still witnessing cases where people are not playing their part and are breaching the guidelines.

“The latest figures for Swindon and Wiltshire show that the threat of the virus is active in our communities.

“Once again, I would ask the public to work with us to help keep our communities safe and stop its further spread.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson added his thanks to the vast majority of the public for their continued compliance with the ongoing restrictions. He said:

“As we approach Christmas, I appreciate that this year has been a difficult one for so many of us, and I know that the vast majority of people have ensured they have done the right thing to help protect the most vulnerable in our society.

“So, I wanted to thank you all for your efforts throughout what has been such an unprecedented and uncertain nine months.”

For the very latest updates on the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions and the proposed changes when the country returns to the tier system next week, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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