Police start taking action against Sheffield parents after kids breach Covid rules

Police in Sheffield have issued warning letters to the parents of children who are breaching the Covid lockdown rules.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 2:38 pm

Officers in Woodhouse told how letters had been sent to the parents of four youths, describing the measure as a ‘necessary incremental step prior to enforcement and subsequent prosecution’.

The Sheffield South East neighbourhood policing team had previously described how groups of youths were still congregating on streets, with snowballs being thrown at passing cars, despite the lockdown rules which are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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A cordon of police tape (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)

It said that if a child aged under 18 continually breaches the restrictions then the parents can be fined.

The team also described how it had issued two community protection notices over anti-social behaviour in the area, failure to comply with which could lead to conviction and a fine of up to £2,500.

People can be fined £200 for a first breach of the national lockdown rules, doubling each time thereafter to a maximum of £6,400.