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Suffolk Police issue nearly 250 fixed penalty notices to those breaching lockdown

Police have issued nearly 250 fixed penalty notices to those breaching coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The numbers of fixed penalty notices (FPN) handed out by police forces across the country to those who have refused to comply with the restrictions were published by the National Police Chief’s Council yesterday (May 15).

In Suffolk, a total of 246 FPNs were issued between March 27 to May 11.

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They include 57 from April 28 to May 11.

Chief Constable Steve Jupp urged people to 'continue to show restraint and common sense'.

He said: "I again thank the public in Suffolk for following the government’s guidance and making personal sacrifices in doing so. I am confident the vast majority will continue to do follow guidance as we move through the pandemic.

Suffolk chief constable Steve Jupp
Suffolk chief constable Steve Jupp

"The situation we find ourselves in is not a policing issue. It is a public health emergency where a collective responsibility is needed to respect each other’s concerns. We enforce the law, not the government guidance, so we have no role in enforcing the two metre social-distancing instruction.

"I’m proud of what my officers are doing to keep people safe. We will continue to engage, educate and encourage people to comply. However, we have always said we would use enforcement if we were left with no other option.

"Remember, we continue to police the county, keeping our communities safe and target and arrest those that commit crime."

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