Police step up Covid patrols in Corby and Kettering as case rates remain high

Almost 100 fines have been issued across the towns in the past month

Friday, 12th February 2021, 12:04 pm

Police say they have increased Covid-19 patrols in Corby and Kettering because of the towns' high case rates.

Although rates in both areas are falling the drop is slower than other areas, leading to concerns people are not abiding by lockdown rules.

In the seven days to February 5, Corby had 432 cases per 100,000 people with Kettering at 312.5, both well above the national average of 190.6 for the same period.

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Case rates in Corby and Kettering remain high.

Corby's rate is currently the second highest in the country with Kettering's just inside the top 15.

Northamptonshire Police's Superintendent Elliot Foskett said: “We know people from across the county have in the main followed the rules and done all they can to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

“However, we also know that there are a small number of people who are not following the rules and their actions have consequences.

“We have been working closely with colleagues from Public Health Northamptonshire since the start of the pandemic and are doing all we can to help their work to reduce the infection rate and that includes deploying more officers to conduct patrols in Corby and Kettering.”

In the last month the force has issued 89 Covid-19 related fixed penalty notices (FPNs) across the two towns, with the majority of these fines given to people in the 22 to 30 age group.

Officers are also attending every report of breaches of Covid-19 legislation in Corby, attending both homes and businesses in order to ensure the law is followed.

Supt Foskett added: “We understand that people are frustrated by the latest lockdown, we all want to get back to normal, see those friends and family we haven’t seen for a year, re-start our social lives and have the freedom to travel wherever we want, whenever we want.

"However, we are not in a position to do that and so we must do all we can to protect each other and the NHS, particularly our local hospitals which are incredibly busy.”

The most common reasons for issuing Covid-19 related FPNs in the two towns are:

- Failing to wear face coverings on public transport or in a relevant place

- Gatherings in households (outside of support or childcare bubbles)

- Gatherings outdoors in groups of more than two people (from different households)

- Non-essential travel