Parents fined by police after gangs of kids keep breaching lockdown rules

Police have issued parents with fines in a bid to clamp down on youths gathering in large groups

Tougher measures have been taken in Hull, East Yorks where there have been ongoing problems with groups gathering in areas of the city where young people have already been fined.

Earlier this week, officers revealed parents had been fined after youngsters were found in large groups hanging outside of shops.

In a Facebook post Humberside Police – Hull said: “Due to an increase in anti-social behaviour on Elmbridge Parade fines have been handed out to parents as a result of youths hanging about in large groups causing a nuisance in breach of Covid rules.”

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The action follows on swiftly from fines issued to a group of teenagers caught hanging around a shopping precinct in Kingswood.

The teenagers were seen by Humberside Police hanging around the shops in School Lane, Kingswood on Friday evening

The force says the teenagers were behaving in an antisocial manner and have been issued with a Section 34 dispersal order.

This order enables officers to direct a person to leave the area and not return for 48 hours.

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Humberside Police say the teenagers will also be hit with Covid breach fines.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: “Maintaining the safety of everyone in our force area is our top priority and we will continue to work with partners within our local authorities, other emergency services, national police colleagues, the Government and Public Health to achieve this.

“With all reports of groups gathering, our teams continue to engage, educate and encourage first, using enforcement only as a last resort where required.

“This has been largely successful across the whole force area and the number of fines that we have had to issue remains relatively low, however where we continue to see the same people breaching the regulations we will take proportionate action.”

Gatherings of more than six people are banned both outdoors and indoors.

People over 18 can be fined £200 for a first offence. This is then lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days.

The fine is then £400 for a second offence which can then double for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

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