23 fines handed out in Dorset for breaching lockdown restrictions

23 fines handed out in Dorset for breaching lockdown restrictions

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:32am 17th April 2020.

Dorset Police have handed out 23 fines for alleged breaches of the lockdown restrictions over the last 18 days.

Between Friday 27th March and Monday 13th April, Police across the country also issued 3,203 on the spot fines.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, hundreds of vehicles were stopped while travelling into Dorset by police.

They established the vast majority of drivers were carrying out essential travel.

Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis said: 

"We did speak to some people who had travelled from as far as Birmingham, Bristol, Kent, London and Brighton.

"The majority were educated about non-essential journeys and were asked to turn around.

"For the very small minority we had to resort to enforcement."

police stopping vehicles in Dorset

Officers in Dorset say they are continuing to work with the public to ensure they understand and adhere to the rules, which are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, help the NHS and save lives.

Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis added for now Dorset is closed to visitors.

"We know how fortunate we are to live in a beautiful part of the country, but our enjoyment of that, for now, will have to wait and we are working closely with our partner agencies to ensure we are issuing the same consistent message. 

"Please do not travel here, because our officers will be continuing with their daily patrols.

"You will be turned around and where necessary fines will be issued.

"We are here to ensure people follow these rules and help to save lives."

The Deputy Chief Constable says overall he has been delighted with the response from our communities in Dorset who are staying at home.

"Our many proactive patrols showed that the majority of people who were using the outdoor areas were indeed exercising and only the occasional sunbather had to be moved on."