Police issue fine for 200-mile Scotland to Harrogate trip


Feb 17, 2021
North Yorkshire Police says it is putting more resources into tackling covid breaches.

A person has been fined for driving 200 miles from Glasgow to Harrogate to meet a friend in a motorhome.

The unnamed person was one of seven who received fixed penalty notices in the Harrogate district in the past week for lockdown breaches.

The friend, from Wakefield, was also fined.

A total of 186 fixed penalty notices have been issued for lockdown breaches in North Yorkshire over the last seven days — the most in any week during the third lockdown.

Seven were issued in the Harrogate district — all for visitors to the district.

Since January 6, 55 lockdown fixed penalty notices have been issued in the district, with 39 of them going to visitors.

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North Yorkshire Police Superintendent Mike Walker told a press briefing of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum today the police will continue to target “the reckless minority”.

He said:

“To the public who want to breach regulations and travel into North Yorkshire, we are putting more resources out there to respond to public concerns and reports of breaches.

“Our message to people who think North Yorkshire is the place to come and offer various different unacceptable excuses — expect to be encountered by a police officer.”

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