It’s something that’s been a hot topic over the last few weeks – how many people are actually breaking lockdown rules?

As part of the lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, the Government announced new public health regulations banning gatherings, closing shops and other businesses and restricting unnecessary journeys.

Many people have been following the rules, but others have not and police have the power to deal with people who clearly fail to be social distancing.

The police can now issue individuals with £60 fines if they failed to comply after officers had engaged with them, explained the risks to public health and encouraged voluntary compliance.

But, have you wondered how many people have actually been fined in Wales?

According to statistics collected by the Trinity Mirror data unit, between Good Friday (April 10) and Easter Monday (April 13), police in Wales issued 290 notices for failure to comply.

These results were in accordance with provisional figures released by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

Deserted Church St Cardiff

An eerie quiet Church street in Cardiff
(Image: Rob Browne)

How many of these were issued in my area?

Discussing the issuing of fines, NPCC Chair, Martin Hewitt, said: “The vast majority of people are staying at home in order to protect the NHS and help save lives.

“However, we have seen a small minority of people who, despite our best efforts, have refused to follow the instructions and officers have needed to use their enforcement powers.

“I want to thank everyone who is being responsible and following the regulations

“Provisional data on the number of fines issued by police forces shows proportionate policing of these new regulations.

“Police have interacted with the public in their tens of thousands, with most engagements ending positively and with no need for a fine.

“Our approach of – engage, explain and encourage, and only as a last resort, enforce – is working and will continue.”

Deserted Porthcawl beach

A deserted Porthcawl Beach
(Image: Matthew Horwood)

According to results, 82% of fines are given to men and 15% to women, with another 3% remaining unknown.

A third of fines go to those aged 18 to 24, with a further third going to those aged 25 to 34.

The provisional data from police forces in England and Wales also shows a reduction in crime during the coronavirus outbreak.

Police forces have seen crime reduce by 28% in the four weeks to April 12 compared to the same period last year.

The provisional data also shows serious assaults and personal robbery have fallen by 27% and rape 37%.

Falls have also been seen in residential burglary (down 37%), vehicle crime (down 34%) and shoplifting (down 54%).

Calls to 999 are down by 14% and there has been a 13% drop in 101 calls, but many more people are said to be reporting incidents online.


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