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Coronavirus: Who's been fined and where - North Yorkshire update

Coronavirus: Who's been fined and where - North Yorkshire update

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:44am 4th May 2020.

Nearly 300 incidents in North Yorkshire since end of April

  • North Yorkshire Police issue almost 500 fines for those ignoring coronavirus lockdown rules.
  • More than half of those handed penalty notices more than half were visitors from outside the county.

Police have issued more details of the number of fines issued for flouting the coronavirus regulations in North Yorkshire.

The figures, published up to Monday 27 April, show the force had issued 495 fines at 275 separate incidents, but since Monday this number is on track to pass the 500 mark.

Of those 495 who were fined, more than half (269) were visitors from outside the county including 149 from West Yorkshire, 30 from Cleveland, 10 from London and the rest from South Yorkshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Durham.

Of all the people fined, 41 percent are known to the police already.

Breakdown of figures as at 27 April 2020

Local Authority Area where Notice Issued:
(this is the total of that number who were visitors)

Craven
122
(121)

Hambleton
52
(35)

Harrogate
42
(26)

Richmond
20
(12)

Ryedale
5
(4)

Scarborough
104
(30)

Selby
42
(22)

York
108
(19)

Age groups

18 – 25: 203
26 – 35: 154
36 – 45: 81
46 – 55: 35
56 – 65: 14
66 and over: 8

Gender

Male: 399 / Female:96

Clear message from police and National Parks – ‘Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.’ 

In an effort to protect visitors and local communities, North Yorkshire Police have joined the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in urging people once again to stay home this weekend to help combat the coronavirus.

Government guidance has not changed.

People should be avoiding all non-essential travel into or around the National Parks, and when heading out for exercise this should be done locally using open spaces near to home.

These measures have been put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, to protect our NHS and to save lives.

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“We recognise that the clear majority of people are following the guidance and we are truly thankful to all those individuals.

But we must remain resilient and patient if we are to beat COVID-19 so our weekend message is clear. Stay home. Stay Safe. Save lives.”

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said:

“People should not be making special journeys to the countryside to exercise, but to use the green spaces nearest to them.

Many in our community fall into most the vulnerable category of people. Please show them the consideration you would your own family and friends, and visit when the time is right.”

Public rights of way remain open for local use as permitted by law, but social distancing measures should always be maintained, such as keeping at least 2 metres apart and only going outside with members of your own household.