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Lancashire police’s full response to Covid rule breakers

Posted on - 12th January, 2021 - 11:19am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fylde News, Health, Lancashire Police, Politics, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Lancashire Police

Over the weekend multiple coronavirus breaches were reported which included a gym operating, some pubs open and house parties.

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More than 360 breaches were recorded and over 100 tickets issued.

Lancashire police have issued a statement reminding people that the lockdown rules are in place to save lives and stop the NHS being overwhelmed.

Read more: Latest area-by-area coronavirus cases in Preston and South Ribble up to 6 January

DCC Terry Woods said: “The Coronavirus pandemic is reaching a critical stage in Lancashire, with rates rising rapidly everywhere and some boroughs approaching or well above 700 weekly cases per 100,000 people;

“The lockdown rules are in place to save lives and stop the NHS being overwhelmed – Nurses and doctors across Lancashire are already under huge pressure and we all have to follow the regulations to help them.

“We know how tough it is right now and that many people are exhausted – we’re confident though that the vast majority of people will take personal responsibility and do the right thing by sticking to both the law and the associated advice/guidance – we are proud of the county’s response all the way from March 2020 and we want to thank everyone for playing their part.”

Multiple areas of the UK have ‘major incidents’ within the NHS.

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DCC Wood added: “We’ll continue to take a common sense and proportionate approach as we have since the pandemic started.  We’ve done our best to help people follow the rules and show compassion for those in difficulty whilst also enforcing the law where the public would rightly expect us to.

“We will carry on engaging with people and being balanced but where people deliberately flout and disregard the law they can expect to have enforcement action taken against them very quickly, including being fined.

“Restrictions on social mixing remain in force and we are really clear that large gatherings, house parties and events which break the law must not take place – they have the highest risk of harm and we will take immediate action against them.”

The latest figures for Preston for average coronavirus cases per 100,000 over the last seven days stands at 411.5, an increase from previous data.

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