Covid-19 in numbers: How many fines have been given out - and how many police officers have been spat or coughed at in Leicestershire

Police officers across the county have faced massive challenges and a range of assaults during the pandemic

Friday, 20th November 2020, 12:59 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 1:02 pm
Police officers across the county have faced massive challenges and a range of assaults during the pandemic

Some 17 police officers have been spat at or coughed at in Leicestershire during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s emerged.

The officers were attacked across the county in coronavirus-related incidents, said Leicestershire Police.

“Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have faced challenging times during the Covid pandemic.

Police officers across the county have faced massive challenges and a range of assaults during the pandemic

“However, Leicestershire Police has continued to work tirelessly to help keep the public safe dealing with over 16,000 reports of breaches.

“In addition to this since government restrictions came into being in March the force has issued fines to 589 people,” said the force.

“17 officers have been assaulted in Covid-related incidents involving spitting or coughing.

“1,244 licensed premises have been visited with partners.

“While the force continues its work to engage, explain and encourage in relation to the guidelines, enforcement action is being taken when guidelines are not being followed and advice is not being taken.”

A number of people have also been fined the maximum £10,000 for “organising or facilitating an organised gathering under the Health Protection Regulations”.

They included a person in Charles Street, Leicester, for throwing a house party for over 30 people on October 25.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: "I am very proud of the work that your local force has continued to do, we work hard, putting ourselves at risk in order to keep others safe.

“We have also continued with our day to day policing, preventing crime and dealing with offenders all across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

"I am very aware that the vast majority of people are obeying the rules and I am sure we are all finding the lockdown tough and the length of time we have been under restrictions is tiring.”

He added: "How many times do we remind people that taking these risks not only could result in a substantial fine but that they are putting other people’s lives and livelihoods at risk?

"We continue to work closely with health, local councils and other agencies who are also working really hard to ensure people understand what this pandemic means and how to protect ourselves.

"We continue to engage with the public, explain the need to follow the regulations and encourage people to do so.

“However, we will take enforcement action where and when it is required."

For more information on the current Covid-19 guidelines, visit www.gov.uk