Lancashires 15,000 Covid breaches in the past year as majority down to house parties – Lancs Live

Police have attended more than 15,000 Covid breaches since lockdown came in a year ago.

That’s according to Superintendent Wendy Bower speaking at a press conference held by Lancashire Resilience Forum today (March 22).

County leaders, including Lancashire County Council‘s public health director Dr Sakthi Karunanith, spoke to members of the press ahead of the one year anniversary of the first UK-wide lockdown.

Supt Bower warned about the level of offences taking place during the past year, claiming that many calls to Lancashire Constabulary are related to house parties.

The officer also mentioned that around 4,000 lockdown rulebreakers in Lancashire had been fined throughout the past 12 months.

She said: “First and foremost I would like to say a thank you to the vast majority of Lancashire residents who have, over the last twelve months, tried their best to adhere to the regulations.

“Unfortunately there have been small cohorts of people breaking rules, or bending them or stretching them.

“The vast majority of that is around house parties, that’s the vast majority of the jobs we’ve been going to recently and over the last weekend.

“We have had a lot of deployments over the last year, there has been more than 15,000 coronavirus-related incidents.

“There have been 40,000 incidents reported to us which has equated to about 4,000 fines.”

Lancashire County Council's director of public health, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi.

Lancashire County Council’s director of public health, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi.

Tomorrow (March 23) marks a full year since Britain was placed in lockdown as part of measures to battle the spread of Covid-19.

Since then, 4,000 people from across Lancashire have succumbed to the disease with thousands of confirmed cases on top of that.

The pandemic has seen a spike in new forms of crime, with some residents finding it hard to keep to the newly introduced coronavirus restrictions on social distancing, travel and self-isolation.

“It has been really, really busy,” said Supt Bower. “We are sensing that there is still a persistent small minority that are breaking the rules.

“Even this weekend, we’ve been called to quite a few jobs. we’ve had nearly 400 Covid logs this weekend.

“We’ve issued 156 tickets for that but, again, the vast majority of people are adhering to the rules and regulations.”

Coronavirus restrictions will begin to ease from next week when sporting activity resumes at the end of March.

Then pubs, non-essential shops and more will follow in mid-April before a host of social restrictions are eased in May and June.

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Dr Sakthi warned that people needed to stick to the coronavirus regulations or risk a threat to the government’s plans to ease restrictions.

Speaking on the coronavirus rulebreakers, he said: “Let’s be under no illusion, it will only take one super spreader event for the virus to spread really fast.

“That leaves us with rising cases and Lancashire may then face being treated differently compared to the rest of the country when it comes to easing restrictions, which we don’t want.”

The year anniversary of the first country-wide lockdown will be celebrated in Lancashire with a day of reflection.

It will begin with the tolling of bells across the country followed by a minutes silence to remember the many who lost their lives during the pandemic.

Then at 8pm, residents will be encouraged to stand outside with a light, a candle, a torch or even your phone, to remember someone who has died and to show your support to the bereaved.

Alternatively, residents can shine a light in your window for the world to see.

This will be mirrored by several Lancashire landmarks which will be lit by yellow light in honour of the victims.

So has so far been confirmed that Preston City Hall, Lytham Windmill, Blackpool Tower, Winter Gardens and The Pier Big Wheel, will all be lit up in this manner.