More than 840 fines in Thames Valley for breaching coronavirus rules

39 have been handed out this month alone.

Thames Valley Police is urging the public to follow the restrictions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

New figures published by the Force reveal that 846 fines have been issued during pandemic by Thames Valley Police officers - 39 of those were given to people this month.

One person In the Thame Valley was fined £680 for repeatedly breaking the rules - that's the highest fine in our region so far.

Officers have also issued 35 fixed penalty notices this month due to people not following the rule of six for gatherings and 4 were issued for people not quarantining.

Other statistics released today reveal that Thames Valley Police received 2,606 calls from members of the public at the start of September to October 14th with issues relating to covid-19.

TVP says police patrols have been stepped up in areas where transmission of coronavirus is higher and dedicated officers are ready to respond to any calls regarding potential coronavirus breaches.

Chief Superintendent Rob France, Gold Commander for Thames Valley Police's response to Coronavirus, said: "It is clear that cases of Coronavirus nationally are increasing and action needs to be taken by us all to stop this indiscriminate virus from spreading and leading to the deaths of many more people. As such it is only right that Thames Valley Police continues to play a role in stopping the spread.

"The whole of the Thames Valley area currently sits within the "medium" tier of the government's new restriction system, and I know that most people are aware of the rules and are following them and for this we are hugely grateful. 

"Our approach throughout has been to support the public in following the regulations by engaging, explaining and encouraging, and using discretion before enforcement.

"However where people are choosing to breach the regulations, there to protect us all and not listening to police officers, we will move more quickly to enforcement by issuing a fine or other enforcement such as dispersal or arrest. 

"It cannot be right that the small number of people deliberately flouting the rules should be able to do so without consequence".

Chief Superintendent Rob France added: "We will continue to prioritise our response to Coronavirus to where the risk is greatest, but this will be balanced alongside our other duties to protect the public from crime.

"As such we would ask people to make sure that they know the rules and abide by them so that we can protect our communities and stop cases from increasing in the Thames Valley.". 

The public are being asked to report any breaches of Coronavirus legislation online, or through 101.
 

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