Don’t be one of those who thinks it is okay to bend the rules.
That’s the message from Suffolk Constabulary as the county looks ahead to another weekend in lockdown to tackle the pandemic and save lives and protect the NHS.
Last weekend (Friday 22 Jan to Sun 24 Jan inclusive) 42 people were given Fixed Penalty Notices for breaching lockdown rules over the three day period, and 41 people received warnings. The previous weekend (Friday 15 Jan to Sun 17 Jan inclusive) 56 people were fined for breaching lockdown rules and 39 people received warnings
The force will continue to engage, explain and encourage but we will not hesitate to take enforcement action where necessary.
The message is simple - stay as local as possible to where you live. Where people are breaching the regulations and they are away from home without a reasonable excuse, they may be issued with a FPN.
ACC Rob Jones said: "This continues to be about collective responsibility and the success of getting through this pandemic is not going to be down to someone else - it is by every one of us doing the right thing.
"The actions of a few people who are ignoring or bending the rules are putting everyone at risk. Don’t be one of those who thinks it is okay for you to bend the rules. This week’s tragic 100,000 death milestone the country reached this week is a sombre reminder that there is still a need for strong enforcement where people are clearly breaking these rules.
"We will continue approach people who are out of their home to challenge their reasons for leaving and will not hesitate to take action when necessary.”
The reporting took for potential breaches can be found here: https://www.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/v7/tell-us-about-a-possible-breach-of-coronavirus-covid-19-measures/
The full guidelines can be found on the https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Help us keep our communities safe.
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Police Connect Team