Durham Police have handed out fewer Covid fines than Scotland Yard
3rd May 2022

Police in Durham have handed out fewer fines for breaching Covid lockdown rules than Scotland Yard, figures show

  • National Police Chiefs’ Council show Durham issued 1,090 fixed penalty notices
  • In the same period between March 2020 and February 2022, Met issued 17,829
  • Durham Constabulary have refused to launch investigation into Sir Keir Starmer for an event in April last year when he was filmed swigging beer during lockdown

Scotland Yard has issued nearly 17 times as many fixed penalty notices for Covid rule-breaking as Durham Constabulary.

Boris Johnson was last month hit with a £50 fine by the Metropolitan Police for attending a gathering in No10 on his birthday in 2020.

But Durham police has so far refused to launch an investigation into Sir Keir Starmer for an event in April last year when he was filmed swigging beer.

Scotland Yard has issued nearly 17 times as many fixed penalty notices for Covid rule-breaking as Durham Constabulary (headquarters pictured), with 1,090 fines handed out by Durham compared to 17,829 of the Met

Figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council show that between March 27 2020 and February 27 this year, Durham issued 1,090 fixed penalty notices relating to breaches of Covid regulations – that’s 171 per 100,000 of its population.

In the same period, the Met issued 17,829 – 203 per 100,000.

On average, there were 207 fixed penalty notices issued per 100,000 people across England and Wales.


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