Nottinghamshire people are among UK's best for sticking to Covid laws

Police officers in Nottinghamshire have handed out fewer fines for people breaking Covid-19 laws than most other parts of the country, it has been revealed.

As of Monday, June 1, 153 fixed penalty notices had been issued for people breaking lockdown rules.

Craig Guildford, Nottinghamshire chief constable, has said this was the result of a deliberate effort to use enforcement only as a last resort.

He welcomed the figures, and said it was evidence that the policy of educating and informing people before taking action had been a success.

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner

It comes as Mr Guildford and Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire, police and crime commissioner, gave an update on the force’s response to coronavirus.

It was also revealed almost 500 members of staff had been tested for coronavirus, of which 26 tested positive and only two remain off work.

Mr tipping said: “The important thing to recognise is that nationally, and here in Nottinghamshire, overall crime has gone down, nationally it has been calculated as being down by 25 per cent, here in Nottinghamshire it’s slightly higher than that at around 30 percent.

“As of today about 18,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued, here in Nottinghamshire the number is a lot smaller at 153.

“In the main, people have acted responsibly and respectfully, and we’ve not had some of the problems there have been elsewhere.

“There have been problems, but they’ve been well handled, and I’m very pleased to see we’re in the bottom quartile here in Nottinghamshire.