A POLICE chief has urged the public to continue to adhere to current Covid restrictions as the region eases out of lockdown.

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

In a weekly update to the partnership, Supt Walker said that whilst the long bank holiday weekend was busy throughout the force area, there was very little in way of police incidents or issues linked to Covid-19.

He said: "We only had to issue 11 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) during this period.

"All were for indoor gathering breaches, of which ten occurred in Scarborough.

"In total since the easing of the lockdown on March 29, 14 FPNs have been issued.

"No incidents of note have been flagged-up during the past week."

"It is pleasing that the rightfully careful and cautious step one of the Government’s road map out of lockdown has gone well in our area.

"This is testament to the outstanding partnership working we have in North Yorkshire and the City of York, plus the invaluable support from our communities who have experienced the collective effort to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

"As we move to step two of the road map on Monday, April 12 it is now more important than ever to keep following the health protection measures while the vaccination programme is rolled out."