For the three university students fined £10,000 each after throwing a party in Norwich, the harsh financial lesson of falling foul of coronavirus guidelines may be the most memorable of their time studying.
Extra cash for Suffolk’s police force funded from the council tax rise this year is being spent on frontline rural policing, serious crime disruption and support for domestic abuse victims among its key priorities.
A six-figure sum has been given to Suffolk police to help enforce coronavirus rules, it has been confirmed – but nobody in the county has yet been issued a top-level £10,000 fine for Covid-19 breaches.
Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has outlined where the additional 54 police officers announced last autumn are being deployed – with a large proportion carrying out activities in the west of the county.
Backlogs in cases coming to Suffolk’s courts are “deeply worrying” according to the police and crime commissioner – with some victims and witnesses having to travel as far as Chelmsford to give evidence.