Wiltshire is urging communities to continue adhering to the COVID restrictions during the third national lockdown.
Seventeen fixed penalty notices were issued to people in Wiltshire and Swindon over Christmas and New Year.
On Boxing Day (26/12) two men and one woman in Salisbury were fined for gathering in a group of more than six outdoors, having previously been warned earlier in the month.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard reaffirmed the Force’s commitment to policing with consent and in a proportionate way but has warned those intent on breaching the rules that officers will quickly move to enforcement. He said:
“I’m sure people will have been left under no illusion following the national broadcast from the Prime Minister on Monday evening – the situation has worsened and we all have to act to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
“We owe it to our colleagues working in our NHS to do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus and protect our healthcare system.
“Therefore, we need to make it clear that breaches of the national lockdown are completely unacceptable.
“Since the start of this pandemic, we have focused on engaging with those in breach of the regulations and encouraging them to follow the guidance which we will continue to do but, as we start this third period of national lockdown, every single person should know what is expected of them and what is acceptable.
“I know the vast majority of people across our communities continue to adhere to the various restrictions in place over the past ten months, and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to those who have already sacrificed so much.
“That is why we need to ensure that their efforts are not ruined by a small minority. My officers and staff will be out in our communities taking a proactive approach to ensure the lockdown is being adhered to and issuing fixed penalty notices when they find breaches.”
The latest figures show that for the two weeks between 21/12 and 04/01 Wiltshire Police:
- Issued seventeen fixed penalty notices. This brings the overall total to 265.
- Issued 88 formal warnings to people for failing to adhere to the Government rules.
- Recorded 177 reports from members of the public, either via the phone or using our online reporting tool.
- Recorded two Covid-related crimes and eight Covid-related incidents.
If you have concerns about someone potentially breaching the Government’s restrictions police would urge you to report this online via the Report section of their website to help keep our phone lines free for other police matters.