CHESHIRE Police have revealed the latest number of fines handed out for coronavirus lockdown breaches in Runcorn and Widnes.

A total of 211 fixed penalty issues have been issued in Widnes so far during 2021, the fourth highest figure for any area in the county.

Meanwhile, 135 breaches were recorded in Runcorn between January 4 and April 4.

And the force is warning residents to abide by the rules ahead of the further relaxation of restrictions from Monday.

Assistant chief constable Jenny Sims said: “Earlier this week, the Prime Minister confirmed that the roadmap out of restrictions is on track and this is certainly the positive news we all need.

“This shows that the majority of the public are sticking to the rules and following the guidance in place in order to meet the four tests to continue easing the restrictions.

“However, now that we are successfully moving into step two, we must continue to stick to the rules in place in order to keep the rate of coronavirus infections down.

“This means that when you do go to visit outdoor hospitality venues, you need to follow the measures in place to protect not only yourself, but your loved ones.

“Our officers will continue to engage and explain the new regulations while assisting local councils and licensing teams to ensure the move into step two is done safely.

“There is no longer the need to stay at home or stay local, but I would urge people to remember that coronavirus is still a real threat in this country.

“Although we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go.

“The constabulary will continue its work in supporting local communities as we have done throughout the pandemic, but when officers are met with blatant and repeat breaches of the restrictions they will enforce in order to protect the public.”

Warrington has had the highest number of fines for coronavirus lockdown breaches so far during 2021, with 352.

Chester ranks in second with 226 notices, followed by Crewe with 220.

Macclesfield, Northwich and Ellesmere Port have recorded 209, 117 and 92 breaches respectively.