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Revealed: Breakdown of number of fines for Covid breaches as PSNI reveal worst offending areas

The figures - which include all fixed penalties and community resolution notices issued up to midnight on Sunday - have been provided

Portadown police

Breaches of Covid restrictions has seen 54 people in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area hit with penalty notices since lockdown began.

The figures – which include all fixed penalties and community resolution notices issued up to midnight on Sunday – have been provided by the PSNI.

Across Northern Ireland as a whole, 1156 were issued with fixed penalty notices. These start automatically with a £60 fine rising to a maximum of of £960 and are issued to over 18s only.

In all, 54 were handed out in ABC Council area and 82 in neighbouring Newry, Mourne and Down District. The highest number of fixed penalties was in the Belfast City Council area – a total of 615 – with Derry and Strabane second, with 190, and Newry, Mourne and Down third out of the 11 council areas.

The lowest – 14 – was in Causeway Coast and Glens, followed by Mid-Ulster with 20.

In all 27 penalties for those failing to isolate – which can carry a fine of £1,000 – were issued. Two of these were in the ABC Council area and three in Newry, Mourne and Down, while the majority – seven in all – was in Ards and North Down.

Prohibition notices are issued to licensed premises or for restricting gatherings in private dwellings.

In Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, two were issued to licensed premises and five for private dwellings, with four licensed premises in Newry, Mourne and Down and two private residences.

There was a total of 64 for licensed premises and 139 for private dwellings in Northern Ireland as a whole.

The majority of prohibition notices on licensed premises were in Belfast – a total of 14 – followed by 11 in Fermanagh  and Omagh, and 10 in Antrim and Newtownabbey.

A total of 800 community resolution notices were handed out across Northern Ireland.

Of these, 47 were in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, and 78 in Newry, Mourne and Down. Again, the latter was the third highest behind Belfast City Council area with 256 and Derry and Strabane on 138.

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