By Matthew Roscoe • 28 October 2020 • 18:13
COVID related fines are on the rise in England and Wales as a high number of FPNs were issued to people between March 27 and October 19.
Around 20,223 fixed penalty notices (FPNs), including a high number for breaching the rules surrounding face-coverings in relevant places, were issued according to the latest figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
The NPCC data showed that in England, 17,451 fines were handed to the public, and 2,772 in Wales, and since the introduction of the new coronavirus Tier system in England 65 fines were given in Tier 1 (Medium), 79 in Tier 2 (High) and 124 in Tier 3 (Very High).
47 businesses in England were also issued with fines for not enforcing face-covering regulations.
Disturbingly, the data also showed that assaults on emergency service workers have increased by 27% on the same period last year, which National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said:
“I remain extremely concerned at the rise in assaults against emergency service workers, who are working to save lives, help the public and serve their communities. We will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who uses violence against frontline staff.”
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