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Coronavirus Regulation Breaches (189A/21)


  1. How many breaches of the coronavirus regulations have been reported to your police force since March 2020?
  2. How many fixed penalty notices have been issued by your police force for breaches of the coronavirus regulations since March 2020?
  3. How many offences of wasting police time has your force reported since March 2020?
  4. How many instances have there been since March 2020 of where a call/report/complaint was made to your police force of a breach in coronavirus regulation but then resulted in an offence for wasting police time?
  5. Please could you provide the number of offences for wasting police time your police force has recorded over the past five years with the information broken down for each year.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

However, although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached file 189A_21_attachment.pdf). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.