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Newark and Sherwood: People breaching coronavirus lockdown rules to receive fines of up to £6,400

People could be fined £200 or more if caught breaching the national lockdown rules.

One could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the their first offence and £400 for a second.

The fine is then doubled for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

Newark Police on foot patrol in Balderton. (32655913)
Newark Police on foot patrol in Balderton. (32655913)

The government website says: "You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a 'reasonable excuse'. This will be put in law.

"The police can take action against you if you leave home without a 'reasonable excuse', and issue you with a fine (fixed penalty notice)."

Under the third national lockdown, people are only allowed to leave their homes for a limited number of reasons.

Newark Police (42699831)
Newark Police (42699831)

These are called 'reasonable excuses'; which include work if it cannot be carried out at home, volunteering, education, childcare, to go food shopping (you may also do this on behalf of a vulnerable person or someone self-isolating), medical reasons, see your support bubble, in an emergency or to take exercise once per day.

The restrictions are due to last until at least mid-February.

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