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Covid FPNs (180A/21)

Request

1) How many fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have been issued to individuals who breached the rules on self-isolation (by leaving their home without reasonable excuse) after being contacted by NHS test and trace (under the “ The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020”) between September 28 2020 and February 2 2021?

2) Of those issued with FPNs, please give a breakdown of how many were fined:

  • £1,000
  • £2,000
  • £4,000
  • £10,000

3) Of those issued with FPNs, please give a breakdown of their ages within the age groups:

  • Under 18
  • 18-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
  • 51-60
  • Over 60

Response

1) Please note that we haven’t recorded any specifically after Track and Trace. However, we have issued 581 FPNs for ‘Contravene requirement to not leave or be outside of place where they are living’ and 8 FPNs for ‘Failure to comply with a direction to return to the place required to self-isolate (regulation 5)’.

2) 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.

3) Please be advised we do not record age groups for this data in the format you have requested. Therefore, we have instead provided figures for the age groups as recorded on our systems.

Contravene requirement to not leave or be outside of place where they are living:

Age Group Count
25-39 236
18-24 231
40-59 89
Under 18 17
5
60+ 3
Total 581

Failure to comply with a direction to return to the place required to self-isolate (regulation 5):

Age Group Count
25-39 4
40-59 2
18-24 1
Under 18 1
Total 8

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.

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