New figures released by North Yorkshire Police show the number of Covid fines issued in the Harrogate district has fallen by half in a week.

Last week’s figures showed 20 people were given penalty notices in a 7 day period, but the stats released this week have shown 10 fines were handed out in the latest 7 days.

And, all 10 of those fines were given to visitors, with none going to local residents.

Harrogate is the only district in North Yorkshire where all the fines in the latest 7 day period went to visitors to the region, and none were given to those who live here.

The figures bring the total number of Covid fines given out in the Harrogate district since the start of the current lockdown to 117.

Despite the welcome fall in the number of penalty notices, the senior officer leading the police response to Covid-19 in the county has warned against complacency.

Superintendent Mike Walker, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

“We’re on the right path out of lockdown – but we’re not there yet. People are still contracting the virus and our hospitals are still caring for many people who are very ill, so we cannot afford to be complacent.

“I would ask the public to carry on adhering to the rules and continue to stay at home and only leave for necessary reasons, so we can pass the next milestone on the Government’s roadmap. Let’s keep going.

“We’ll continue to patrol and to follow our 4 e’s approach and we will continue to enforce the relevant legislation when necessary, to protect all our chances of coming out of lockdown in line with the roadmap and as quickly and safely as possible.”

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