A POLICE chief has warned against 'lockdown' fatigue' as the numbers caught breaking Covid rules in North Yorkshire continue to rise.

The county's police force has recorded its busiest week yet in issuing fines since this lockdown began on January 6.

Officers issued 186 in the week between February 9 to 16, bringing the number of fines issued during this lockdown to 826 and a total of 2,71 issued since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Superintendent Mike Walker is leading North Yorkshire Police’s response to the pandemic and he chairs the multi-agency North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum

Superintendent Mike Walker is leading North Yorkshire Police’s response to the pandemic and he chairs the multi-agency North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum

Superintendent Mike Walker chairs the multi-agency North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum

Superintendent Mike Walker is leading North Yorkshire Police’s response to the pandemic and said: “It is very disappointing and frustrating that a small minority of people are going out of their way to break the rules during a public health crisis.

“Whether it is due to lockdown fatigue, sheer ignorance or just blatant defiance of the health protection regulations, there is simply no valid excuse for such reckless behaviour.

"They are putting lives at risk, including their own.”

Among those recently issued with fines in North Yorkshire are;

  • Four men from Leeds who travelled to Gargrave and said they were out for a drive due to “boredom”
  • A couple who travelled from Hull to Grosmont for a walk
  • Four people who travelled from Manchester to Whitby to “see the sea”
  • Two people - one from Wakefield and the other from Glasgow - who met in a motorhome near Harrogate
  • Three people from Leeds who travelled to a derelict building near Selby for a look around it, saying they were “urban exploring”