Dorset Police hand out over 100 fines to people breaking the lockdown

Dorset Police hand out over 100 fines to people breaking the lockdown

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 25th April 2020.

Dorset Police has issued over 100 fines after officers patrol the county's roads, key locations and beauty spots. 

They are continuing patrols to ensure people stick to the Government's stay-at-home advice.

From Sunday 29th March to Thursday 23rd of April, Dorset Police gave out 118 fines, 60 of those were given to non-Dorset residents.

People fined were found to be making non-essential journeys, here are some examples: 

    • Five motorcyclists from Southampton went out for a ride.
    • People from Uxbridge and Hampshire had gone for a drive because they were bored.
    • Someone travelling from Winchester dropped off fishing rods to a friend.
    • A driver took a vintage car on the back of his vehicle to deliver elsewhere.

Chief Constable James Vaughan says:

"While our roads are far quieter than normal, I am disappointed by the very small minority of people who continue to flout the rules. Now is not the time to become complacent and we all need to do our bit to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.  

"Our officers will continue to patrol across Dorset to ensure that people are only making essential journeys. They will continue to engage with the public, explain the rules and encourage people to go home. We will only enforce as a very last resort. 

"I appreciate these restrictions are not easy, but it is essential that we all stick with it. I am aware there has been much discussion around recently issued guidance about the legislation and what it does and doesn't specifically prohibit. Our message remains the same - the legal aspects of the legislation are based on whether a person's actions are reasonable or not. Our officers will continue to make individual judgements based on the specific circumstances presented to them. We all ask for people to stick within the spirit of the legislation and make every effort to stay at home.

"We continue to receive calls and online reports from members of the public reporting breaches and I'd like to reassure the public that we are responding to this information. 

"Overall, I have been delighted by the positive response from the public in relation to these measures. The pictures of our empty beaches, parks, forests and high streets prove that our communities fully understand what is being asked of them and they are complying - so I'd like to say a very big thank you for this."