Spalding, Skegness and Boston police issue coronavirus fixed penalty fines
South Holland police have issued fines to people who are flouting the new coronavirus guidance.
Officers have handed out a total of nine fixed penalty notices in Spalding, Boston and Skegness over the last week.
Largely, people in the county have been following the central advice to stay at home, to only make essential journeys, and to keep 2m from people if trips are unavoidable.
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The fines have mainly been for people gathering in groups of more than two.
Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn, who is one of two Silver Commanders leading Lincolnshire Police’s response to COVID-19, explained: "Fining people is something we don’t want to do because we would much prefer that people followed the advice to protect themselves and others and stayed at home.
"However, there is nobody who can say they aren’t aware of the guidance now and we are very clear in our position – we will talk to you, we will encourage you to change your behaviour, and if you don’t we will fine you or use our powers to make you leave the area.
"There is no deviation on this – we have a duty to protect communities in Lincolnshire and we will use all the powers at our disposal to achieve that."
If members of the public do not comply with the advice to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel the police may:
- instruct them to go home, leave an area or disperse
- ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking these rules
- issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days
- issue a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence