POLICE have thanked residents for their efforts in helping to control the spread of coronavirus, as the latest enforcement figures are released.

Officers in North Yorkshire have issued 126 fines to people breaching the coronavirus regulations between May 13 - when the restrictions were eased - and May 27.

Ninety-five were for gathering offences, 26 for movement offences and four have been issued for contravening a direction. Over half have been issued to people from outside of the county.

In Ryedale, six fines have been issued since May 13, all to local people and for social gatherings, bringing the total since the restrictions were introduced to 27.

“The overarching aim of the police response has always been to keep people as safe as possible, and encourage them to follow the regulations, reducing the transmission of the virus and protecting lives,” said Superintendent Charlotte Bloxham.

“We will continue to play our part and are grateful for all of the support and positive engagement we have had from members of the public as we police what has been, and continues to be, a fast-moving situation.”

Since some restrictions were eased, the vast majority of fines have been issued for restrictions on gathering – where people from more than two households have gathered in public places.

The total fines issued across York and North Yorkshire is more than 1,000, since social distancing regulations were introduced on March 26.

“We know the vast majority of people will continue to act responsibly and we thank them for their continued efforts over the past two months,” added Superintendent Bloxham.

“As we continue to enjoy a little bit more freedom to meet up with other people, we still need to keep in mind that although some restrictions have been eased, the virus has not gone away and can still be transmitted.

“Please remember what is at the heart of these rules, and that’s protecting the lives of your family and friends.”