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Covid Breaches (162A/21)

Request

How many offences relating to Covid breaches (where people have been convicted or fined) has your force recorded between March 1 2020 and January 28 2021?

How many offences relating to Covid breaches have you recorded in the six months up to Jan 28 2021?

How many £10,000 fines has your force given out for Covid breaches between March 1 2020 and January 28 2021?

How many £10,000 fines has your force given out for Covid breaches in the last six months up to Jan 28 2021?

Response

Please find attached our response and note that we have provided FPN and arrest data in relation to the Covid legislation.

However, with regard to fines – this information is not held by West Midlands Police. ACRO Criminal Records Office issue the fines in relation to these regulations. WMP issue the Fixed Penalty Notices that are then sent to ACRO who decide whether to issue a fine and process it. Therefore you will need to contact them for this information:

Requests for information held within ACRO under the legislation are managed by the NPCC via the National Police Freedom of Information and Data Protection Unit.

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Attachments

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