Police in Staffordshire received almost 140 complaints about people breaching Covid-19 regulations in a single day.
A total of 139 people contacted Staffordshire Police on Saturday to report people weren’t complying with restrictions brought in to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The force received 483 reports of breaches between last Wednesday and yesterday – with many people reporting house parties and gatherings involving more than one household.
Police also say the number of businesses that remain open despite lockdown guidance has increased in Staffordshire.
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are urging the people of Staffordshire to comply with the revised measures to ensure the safety and well-being of their friends and family.
“The plea comes as Staffordshire continues to see high levels of Covid cases, primarily driven by household transmission. There has also been an increase of hospital admissions across the county.
“Figures released by Staffordshire County Council show the county’s rates per 100,000 of the population are now almost 60 per cent higher than the average England rate.”
A number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) have been issued over the weekend to those not complying with the lockdown restrictiions.
- One issued to the mother of a 17-year-old who was seen throwing a firework on a main road and was with a group of people who were not from his household. His mother was given the FPN for failing to ensure her child complied with repeated directions to comply with Covid regulations.
- Last night (Wednesday), officers gave FPNs to two people following reports that people were drinking inside a pub in Featherstone who did not live there. The force’s licensing team will also contact the landlord about the breach.
Superintendent Tom Chisholm, head of neighbourhood policing for Staffordshire Police, said: “We know the majority of people in Staffordshire have done their best to follow the regulations in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
“However, the virus is spreading rapidly in Staffordshire and in particular hospital admission are increasing dramatically which is putting huge pressure on healthcare services.
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“To the minority who sadly do not accept the rules and mistakenly believe they do not apply to them, be prepared to face higher levels of enforcement.
“We are stepping up patrols, using robust enforcement consistently and working closely with partners to ensure a high level of adherence to these new restrictions to control the virus.”