Coronavirus: More than 350 fixed penalty notices issued in North Yorkshire since start of lockdown

Coronavirus: More than 350 fixed penalty notices issued in North Yorkshire since start of lockdown

Published by Harry Long at 4:13pm 24th April 2020.

More than 350 fixed penalty notices have been issued by police in North Yorkshire -  since the coronavirus legislation on non-essential travel was introduced in March.

  • North Yorkshire Police have issued more than 350 fixed penalty notices since the lockdown began. 
  • In Craven, 65 of the 66 notices issued have been to visitors to the area.
  • Police are reminding people to stay at home ahead of good weather this weekend.  

Nearly half of those have been issued to non-residents who are coming into the county, to visit an open space or beauty spot.

In Craven, 65 of the 66 notices issued have been to visitors to the area.

Ahead of the good weather expected this weekend, North Yorkshire Police is again asking people to think before travelling.   

The force says it will be increasing their patrols and key routes will be monitored for signs of increased traffic and visitors to the area.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker said:

"Usually we welcome visitors to North Yorkshire with open arms. However, for the sake of the health and safety of both the region and the nation, we are asking you to please stay away for the time being. 
 
"We are aware of confusion that has arisen over the guidance around travelling for exercise and can understand that many people are looking for clarity around this issue. I believe the guidance issued by the UK Government couldn't be clearer - to stop the spread of this potentially lethal virus, to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, our loved ones and our health service - we must all stay at home."