Deliberately and blatantly breaching lockdown rules will incur fines.

During the first week of national lockdown, nine people received fixed penalty notices for breaches of Government restrictions.

Between January 06 and 9, two men from Salisbury, two men from Swindon and a man from Laverstock were fined for travelling outside their local area for non-essential reasons. A man from an unknown location was also fined.

On January 7, a woman from Swindon was fined for staying at an address overnight multiple times, and on January 9, two men in Swindon were fined for holding a gathering of more than 15 people at their home.

The latest figures show that between January 4 and 10, Wiltshire Police issued nine fixed penalty notices and retrospective addition of 26 FPNs for offences in recent weeks. This brings the overall total to 294.

Of 96 formal warnings to people for failing to adhere to the Government rules, six were issued to businesses not complying.

The recorded 286 reports from the public were either by phone or using the Police’s online reporting tool.

Five Covid-related crimes and 33 Covid-related incidents were recorded.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: “Now in the third lockdown, there can be few reasons why people do not understand the law and the requirements placed upon everyone to keep each other and our communities safe.

“The national lockdown restrictions have now been in place for a week, and, as this is the third national lockdown which we have all experienced, we would expect the public to have a good understanding about what they can and can’t do.

“The message from the Government, the NHS and Public Health England is clear – we all need to stay at home and only leave to go out in line with the limited exceptions permitted by the law.

“Never has this message been more important, as we see the highest levels of the virus in our communities to date. Our health system is under significant strain and it only through following the rules that each of us will play our part in keeping ourselves and our community safe.

“I know that the vast majority of people understand this and are doing their bit to take personal responsibility for their actions, I would like to thank them for the sacrifices they are making.

“Our community teams are actively patrolling across the communities of Swindon and Wiltshire and where we find members of the public that are blatantly breaking and flouting the law we will take action and issue fines where it is appropriate to do so.”

Police ask that if you have concerns about someone potentially breaching the Government’s restrictions, report it online via the Report section of the website to help keep phone lines free for other police matters.