We'll continue to engage with the public & respond to reports of breaches where it is proportionate to do so
As you will no doubt have seen, new localised restrictions came into force today to combat a rise in Coronavirus cases.
Northumbria Police will continue to engage with the public on our daily patrols and respond to reports of breaches where it is proportionate to do so.
Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison said: “These local restrictions are being introduced in addition to the nationwide rules that came into place on Monday.
“It is extremely important that everyone understands them and shows personal responsibility in following the restrictions – we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe.
“Given the many demands already faced by our local and emergency services, by adhering to the regulations everyone can help ensure vital resources are not being diverted to situations which could easily be avoided.
“However, as we have previously made clear, where it is proportionate for us to do so we will respond to people breaking the rules, with any reports we receive assessed to determine the most appropriate course of action.
“We will look to engage with people in the first instance, explaining the restrictions and encouraging them to follow the regulations. However, where necessary, we will take enforcement action.
“As our Chief Constable said earlier this week – this really is a time when everyone has a role to play and we must do everything we can to protect the communities that make this the fantastic region that it is.”
Action which can be taken by the police and local authority against those who break the regulations, includes asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100.
People aged 18 or over will be able to be fined:
◾️ £100 for the first offence, lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days
◾️ £200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200
We would ask anyone reporting breaches of the Coronavirus legislation to where possible do so through our website. Alternatively, call 101.
You should not contact police to ask questions about the restrictions, or whether a particular restriction will apply to you, as you will be directed elsewhere.
For further details on the localised restrictions, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please visit the website of your local authority.