Police across the UK have handed thousands of fines to people flouting the coronavirus lockdown laws, in just two weeks.
In two weeks, police have issued a total of 3,203 fines, of which police were forced to cancel 39 fines handed out to 16 and 17-year olds, as they have no powers to target children.
From the 3,203 fines, two-thirds were men aged between 18 and 34-years old. Police said that 83 people were sent straight to court for allegedly breaking the rules.
Martin Hewitt, chair off the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) said, crime has fallen due to the lockdown.
Serious assault is down by 27%, burglaries by 37%, vehicle crime 34%, but domestic abuse is up by 3% and anti-social behaviour has rocketed to 59%, mainly due to people ignoring lockdown measures.
Lynne Owens, Director-General of the National Crime Agency said drug dealers are now adapting to the coronavirus lockdown.
Owens said, “They are dealing drugs in supermarket car parks and passing themselves off as key workers to try to avoid police.”
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