Number of lockdown fines in England and Wales increase during ‘cross-border confusion’

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New figures have revealed a rise in the number of fines issued across England and Wales for lockdown breaches.

More than 14,000 financial penalties have been distributed across the neighbouring nations since March – and new complications have arisen due to certain regulations varying on each side of the border.

Movement restrictions, for example, have been relaxed in England but those in Wales are being urged to stick to essential travel only and “stay local.”

Police were forced to turn away several visitors to Wales this weekend despite First Minister Mark Drakeford’s plea for people to avoid travelling across the border.

The penalty system is also different in each country, and chief constables and police and crime commissioners wrote to the government on Friday for clarity and parity to prevent further “cross-border confusion.”

Fines for breaching lockdown rules are £100 in England, but £60 in Wales.

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The latest set of statistics has shown that more than 13,000 fines have been distributed across England – including 263 in Greater Manchester.

Nearly 800 people have been given tickets in Wales.

The total number of fines for each English region as of 18 May are as follows:

– Avon and Somerset: 300
– Bedfordshire: 292
– British Transport Police (BTP): 307
– Cambridgeshire: 120
– Cheshire: 166
– City of London: 64
– Cleveland: 280
– Cumbria: 269
– Derbyshire: 219
– Devon and Cornwall: 799
– Dorset: 383
– Durham: 137
– Essex: 165
– Gloucestershire: 238
– Greater Manchester: 263
– Hampshire: 244
– Hertfordshire: 243
– Humberside: 103
– Kent: 117
– Lancashire: 736
– Leicestershire: 334
– Lincolnshire: 194
– Merseyside: 438
– Metropolitan: 906
– MoD Police: 27
– Norfolk: 320
– North Yorkshire: 843
– Northamptonshire: 347
– Northumbria: 206
– Nottinghamshire: 158
– South Yorkshire: 356
– Staffordshire: 52
– Suffolk: 246
– Surrey: 539
– Sussex: 655
– Thames Valley: 866
– Warwickshire: 31
– West Mercia: 150
– West Midlands: 405
– West Yorkshire: 758
– Wiltshire: 169

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Across the border, 417 fines have been handed out in Dyfed-Powys, 72 in Gwent, 143 in North Wales and 157 in South Wales.

A Manchester family of 11 – in three separate cars – were among those scolded for visiting Wales over the weekend, with “each person prosecuted under COVID legislation” according to local police.

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