This is how many lockdown fines have been handed out in Lancashire

Hundreds of people have been given fines totalling more than £20,000 by Lancashire Police for alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown laws.

Saturday, 16th May 2020, 12:18 pm
Updated Monday, 18th May 2020, 10:26 am

Since March 23, the country has been in lockdown as part of measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

While those rules have been relaxed since Wednesday (May 13), people are still being told to stay at home "as much as possible" and limit contact with others.

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The latest figures show Lancashire Police has issued 736 fines for alleged lockdown breaches between March 27, when new powers to enforce the rules came into effect, and May 11.

Just five forces have handed out more in that time.

The fines were all handed out before the penalty was raised from £60 to £100. If all were paid early - which would see the fines reduced to £30 - those dished out in Lancashire would be worth a total of £22,080.

How many fines have been handed out?

Here are the total number of fines issued by police forces in England between March 27 and May 11 for alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown laws:

– Avon and Somerset: 300

– Bedfordshire: 292

– British Transport Police (BTP): 307

– Cambridgeshire: 120

– Cheshire: 166

– City of London: 64

– Cleveland: 280

– Cumbria: 269

– Derbyshire: 219

– Devon and Cornwall: 799

– Dorset: 383

– Durham: 137

– Essex: 165

– Gloucestershire: 238

– Greater Manchester: 263

– Hampshire: 244

– Hertfordshire: 243

– Humberside: 103

– Kent: 117

– Lancashire: 736

– Leicestershire: 334

– Lincolnshire: 194

– Merseyside: 438

– Metropolitan: 906

– MoD Police: 27

– Norfolk: 320

– North Yorkshire: 843

– Northamptonshire: 347

– Northumbria: 206

– Nottinghamshire: 158

– South Yorkshire: 356

– Staffordshire: 52

– Suffolk: 246

– Surrey: 539

– Sussex: 655

– Thames Valley: 866

– Warwickshire: 31

– West Mercia: 150

– West Midlands: 405

– West Yorkshire: 758

– Wiltshire: 169

Total: 13,445