Coronavirus - Who's been fined and where across North Yorkshire

Coronavirus - Who's been fined and where across North Yorkshire

Published by David Dunning at 5:42am 16th April 2020. (Updated at 6:41am 16th April 2020)

Nearly 300 fines handed out in North and West Yorkshire

  • Police have revealed details on how many fines were handed out to people who have flouted coronavirus restrictions.
  • 153 penalty notices were dished out in North Yorkshire.
  • 42 per cent were handed to people who don't live in the county.
  • In West Yorkshire, 121 fines were handed out.

153 fines issued in North Yorkshire as police thank the majority of residents for staying at home.

Two men from West Yorkshire were fined after travelling to North Yorkshire to buy a second-hand TV.

Another four were fined for driving to York to purchase a car.

121 fines have been issued in West Yorkshire.

Police officer
Officers have been stopping drivers during the coronavirus lockdown

North Yorkshire

Since 2 April 2020, North Yorkshire Police has issued 153 fines to a minority of people who have failed to comply with the restrictions as officers work to protect the NHS and save lives.

Officers have spoken with 1,000s of people since the restrictions were introduced and have taken nearly 2,000 direct reports from members of the public in relation to suspected breaches.

They say they are pleased to report that most people have either a genuine reason for travelling or that talking to people is enough to help them understand the need to stay at home.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, said:

“Since day one we have maintained our neighbourhood policing approach during the Covid-19 response, focusing on what has become known as the three ‘Es’ strategy – engage, explain and encourage people to adhere to the restrictions, using enforcement as a last resort.

We have also made it clear across our public messaging that we would take this approach so that people are in no doubt, and although we would prefer not to, we are not afraid to use enforcement if we have to.


Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, added:

“The vast majority of us are following the Government instructions – staying home, protecting the NHS and saving lives – and I know most of us also back the approach we are taking in North Yorkshire to those who are flouting the rules.

Given the size of our county, the magnet we are for visitors from across the UK and our ease of accessibility by major roads, it is no surprise that enforcement action has had to be taken in cases where people have not responded to engagement, explanation and encouragement.

I fully support the approach of North Yorkshire Police and the brave officers and staff who continue to be on the frontline in our battle with coronavirus."

Figures in more details 

The 153 fines were issued at 101 incidents meaning in some cases there was more than one person fined at one incident

Four men from London who were stopped in a car were all issued with a fine after they claimed to have travelled to York to buy a car

Two women from South Yorkshire were fined after driving a 200-mile round trip as they wanted to fly a drone at the seaside

Two men from West Yorkshire were fined after travelling to North Yorkshire to buy a second-hand TV

Couple from West Yorkshire were caught camping near village on the North York Moors

Adults responsible for children

10 fines have been issued to parents or guardians for failing to control a child under 18

Breakdown in fines across areas

(North Yorkshire Police were the only force to provide a breakdown)

  • Craven District – 20
  • Hambleton District – 25
  • Harrogate District – 6
  • Richmondshire District – 6
  • Ryedale District – 5
  • Scarborough District – 44
  • Selby District – 15
  • City of York – 32

Out of 153 fines:

57.7 per cent have been issued to residents of North Yorkshire

42.3 per cent have been issued to non-residents including:

  • 18.3 percent issued to residents of West Yorkshire
  • 11.8 per cent issued to residents of Cleveland
  • The remainder have been issued to people from London, Durham, Lancashire, Humberside, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Cheshire.
  • 91 of the 153 fines were issued over the four-day Easter bank holiday weekend.

Gender and age 

Male 126

Female 27


18 – 25:  68 fines issued

26 – 35:  49 fines issued

36 – 45:   19 fines issued

46 – 55:  10 fines issued

56 – 65:    4 fines issued

65 and over: 3 fines issued