South Yorkshire Police respond to over 250 Covid breaches on New Year’s Eve

South Yorkshire Police were called to more than 250 suspected breaches of coronavirus regulations on New Year's Eve.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 4:02 pm
Updated Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 4:02 pm

Residents had been urged to stay safe and abide by the current Tier 3 restrictions while celebrating the New Year amidst the coronavirus crisis.

But, despite repeated warnings, South Yorkshire Police said it received 265 calls from worried members of the public reporting Covid-19 breaches on New Year’s Eve – with a further 156 calls received on New Year’s Day.

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South Yorkshire Police issued more than 80 fines to those caught breaching the Covid rules during the New Year's period

The force said 81 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued in total over this period by the dedicated Covid response team, although more were issued by its district response teams.

75 fines were handed out to those who attended an illegal party at a flat in Portland Tower, Sheffield city centre, which was shut down by police shortly after 12.35am on New Year's Day.

Under Tier 3, people cannot mix indoors with anyone from outside of their household unless they are part of a support bubble.

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