Cheshire Police issue over 300 fines in January for breaches of Covid rules

As we approach the end of January, Cheshire Constabulary is urging the public to continue to stay at home to help protect the NHS and save lives.

Whilst, the majority of Cheshire residents are playing their part in the national effort by sticking to the lockdown rules and only going out if it is absolutely essential, there are still a small number of people who are choosing to blatantly ignore the rules that remain in place.

Since the start of the year, the force has issued more than 300 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for blatant and repeated breaches and over the past weekend a total of 70 FPNs were issued across Cheshire.

The fines were issued for a variety of breaches such as being out without a reasonable excuse and mixing with other households who were not in their support bubble.

Three FPNs were issued in Crewe after a family travelled from Preston to visit their friend's house and in Warrington a FPN was issued to a homeowner who had invited friends round for a 'get together'.

While in Chester, two FPNs were issued after a personal trainer was found to be having clients round in their garden and in Widnes FPNs were issued to multiple friends from separate households who were out in a vehicle without a reasonable excuse.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: "I know the majority of residents will continue to stay at home and do all they can to limit their contact with others and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the sacrifices you have had to make.

"There are, however, still a minority who will flout the rules and when our officers are faced with these blatant and repeat breaches, they will enforce this to protect the NHS and save lives.

"The rules are clear – you must stay at home except for very limited exceptions.

"We all need to continue to use our common sense when leaving our home and ask – 'is my journey necessary?'

"By checking each time we go to leave our house, we will be limiting the potential spread of the virus. We must have these personal boundaries in place to help drive down the rates of infection.

"At the end of the day, we all have a personal responsibility to do everything we can to prevent further deaths."

ACC Sims added: "Now it is more important than ever to stay at home as much as possible. We may have seen cases decrease recently but we must not get complacent and must continue with the hard work to drive down infections.

"Our officers will continue to be inquisitive and will be engaging and explaining with those who are outside of their home and ensure that they are doing so safely, for blatant breaches we will continue to enforce."

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Simon Worthington
Monday 1st February 2021 at 12:28 pm
Almost unenforceable. Return it requesting a court hearing and it will get binned. Ignore plastic plod and council covid hunters entirely.
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 at 10:11 am
Simon Worthington, does your tinfoil hat enable you to ignore the law generally, or just the laws designed to protect the rest of us from selfish idiots who would otherwise cause an increase in covid infections, killing the vulnerable and overloading the NHS?
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 at 6:32 pm
Vince Chadwick you are being slightly hysterical, yes some of those FPs may have been issued correctly to those who deserved them however sometimes the Police (as in the case of our neighbours in Derbyshire) can be heavy handed and overzealous in their interpretation of Government guidelines.
I expect you would accuse the 2 women walkers holding cups of tea on a socially distanced walk of "killing" geriatrics like you and I. Thankfully the fixed penalties were revoked in that case and the Police (red faced and shamed) rightly apologised. They do not always get it right Vince and you need to appreciate that (see the nonsense tweet about snowballs which also had to be removed).
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 at 8:11 pm
Tony, you may at your own description, be a geriatric. I am not. Par for the course on the accuracy of the rest of your post.

The cases you refer to were not against the law, hence the actions of the police were later revoked.

My post specifically referred to THE LAW.

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