Tier 2 York's police fine people for going from Tier 3 to city's pubs

Police in Tier 2 York slam drinkers who ‘believe their pint is more important than someone’s life’ after fining a ‘shocking’ number of people for travelling from neighbouring Tier 3 areas to city’s pubs

  • Police in Tier 2 York have issued a ‘shocking’ number of fines to Tier 3 drinkers
  • People have travelled across tier boundaries to visit pubs leading to 160 fines
  • Officers slammed those thinking a ‘pint is more important than someone’s life’

Police in York have slammed drinkers who travelled to the Tier 2 city’s pubs from neighbouring Tier 3 locations after officers handed out a ‘shocking’ number of fines. 

More than 160 fixed penalty notices were handed out by North Yorkshire Police to those who ‘flouted’ the coronavirus tier restrictions.  

The force said the large numbers of people breaching the regulations showed some people ‘believe their pint is more important than someone’s life’. 

York is only a short drive from towns and cities in West and South Yorkshire which are under much stricter coronavirus restrictions. 

Police and council enforcements officers said they made ‘proactive visits’ to licensed premises in York over the weekend and handed out more than 160 tickets to those reluctant to adhere to officers’ advice.

North Yorkshire Police said they handed out more than 160 fines to people flouting coronavirus tier boundaries by travelling from Tier 3 areas into the Tier 2 city of York to visit the city’s pubs

The force called the numbers ‘shocking’ in a statement. Pictured: York on Saturday night

The officers said the large numbers of people breaching the regulations showed some people ‘believe their pint is more important than someone’s life’. Pictured: York on Saturday night

Superintendent Mike Walker said: ‘Looking at the numbers of fines handed out this weekend, which are still awaiting processing, we believe that we have handed out over 160 tickets, with the vast majority being issued to Tier 3 residents who visited York to mix and socialise indoors, which is in clear breach of their restrictions.

‘Throughout the pandemic, we have been very clear about our approach, and the action taken this weekend is evidence of it. 

‘We have stated our teams would be patrolling, speaking to the public and encouraging them to adhere to the rules.

‘Where we encounter people who refuse to adhere to the regulations and believe their pint is more important than someone’s life, we will use our enforcement powers.

‘Some people who were spoken to by officers did go home.

The officers said they gave many people advice about the Tier restrictions and fined those who did not go home when told

York is only a short drive from towns and cities in West and South Yorkshire which are under much stricter coronavirus restrictions 

Police (pictured on Saturday night) handed out the fines while working with council enforcement officers

The statement said they made ‘proactive visits’ to licensed premises in York over the weekend and handed out more than 160 tickets to those reluctant to adhere to officers’ advice

‘However, our teams encountered large numbers of people who were not responsive to the advice, leaving us no option but to enforce through the use of fixed penalty notices.’

Mr Walker added: ‘If you choose to visit the city of York from Tier 3 areas without a justifiable reason to have made your journey, with our extra patrols, chances are you will encounter one of our officers and you’ll be asked about the reason for your visit.

‘It is our responsibility to ask those questions, to determine the truth and take the necessary action, in order to stop the spread and ultimately save lives.

‘We remain undeterred from our objective to keep the people of North Yorkshire safe.’

Denise Craghill, executive member for safer communities at City of York Council, said: ‘We want people to enjoy York safely and in line with government rules.

‘You should not travel across tier boundaries and, in York, Tier 2 restrictions must be followed: Meet only your household or your bubble, or up to six people outside.’

She added: ‘No-one in the city wants to put loved ones at risk for the sake of a night out and undo the city’s hard work and sacrifice.’

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