Police are receiving hundreds of complaints about people flouting Government lockdown rules – including reports of house parties and ‘gatherings’.
Complaints have also been received about non-essential businesses which have stayed open during the latest coronavirus restrictions.
Staffordshire Police are receiving around 180 complaints about potential rule-breakers every day.
It comes as the force has issued 10 £60 fixed-penalty notices to people who defied the lockdown rules. The fines were issued between March 27 and Monday, April 13.
A number of people have also been arrested and charged following incidents during the lockdown period. These include 30-year-old Royal Stoke University Hospital patient Lance King, from Bentilee, who has been jailed after deliberately coughing in the face of a nurse.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “This is absolutely a community effort and I want to thank the people of Staffordshire for continuing to follow the Government instructions to stay at home.
“Each one of us has a vital role to play to combat the spread of Covid-19. We all recognise this is a difficult time. However, these restrictions are vital to protect our families, our communities and the NHS.
“Since the emergency legislation came into effect we have only been required to take enforcement action in a limited number of situations which shows that our approach is working and I am confident that the policing style and approach we have is the right one. However we will not hesitate to use enforcement where necessary to deal with those who ignore the restrictions and we will never tolerate any form of assault on officers and emergency service workers such as coughing or spitting which is appalling behaviour.
“I want to pay tribute to all officers and staff who, alongside other emergency workers, NHS staff and other key workers, are on the front-line. They are doing outstanding work in hard times and are seeing a great amount of support and thanks from the public. Please continue to do the right thing – stay at home and save lives.”