Moorlands police issue fines to three who breached Covid rules

A 14-year-old boy from a Staffordshire Moorlands town has cost his parent a £200 fine for breaching Covid-19 rules.

Police issued three fixed penalty notices in Biddulph after the boy, as well as two men, aged 18 and 20, were spotted in a groups mixing with more than two households.

The two men, as well as the boy's parent, had all previously been warned by officers they were in breach of the restrictions. The men were also issued with Community Protection Notice Warnings.

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, commander of policing in the Staffordshire Moorlands, pictured, explained those fined had been given advice and the chance to stop offending before the penalties were issued.

He said: "I understand these are difficult times and a lot is being asked of our community, but for good reason.

"If people refuse to work with us, despite being encouraged and advised how to comply with the legislation to protect the community from the spread of Covid-19, we will not hesitate to use enforcement."

Staffordshire Police employed a policy of educating members of the public throughout lockdown before introducing enforcement as a last resort.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan recently warned that those who did not accept the rules to expect 'robust enforcement'.

He said: "All of us need to focus, adjust and adapt to do the best we can in the circumstances including taking personal responsibility to ensure we follow the rules on social distancing, personal hygiene and the use of face coverings.

"It is critical that the people of Staffordshire closely comply with the revised measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our friends and family.

"To the minority who sadly do not accept the rules and mistakenly believe they do not apply to them, be prepared to face higher levels of enforcement.

"We will be stepping up patrols, using robust enforcement consistently and working closely with partners to ensure a high level of adherence to these new restrictions to control the virus.

"Thank you again to the vast majority of people who are working hard and making sacrifices to play their part in bringing the virus under control so we can return to a more normal way of life."


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