Durham Constabulary’s response to Coronavirus

​These are extraordinary times for all of us, but as always, your safety remains our top priority. That is why we are continuing to work extremely hard to provide the best possible service to the people of County Durham and Darlington.

New local regulations effective from 18 September 2020 are in addition to the national regulations announced earlier in the week.

It is important that everyone plays their part in understanding the new regulations and adhering to them to keep everyone safe. The new regulations are available on the Government's website.

Durham Constabulary alongside other local emergency services already face significant demand and by adhering to the new regulations the public can ensure that vital emergency services are not diverted away from other incidents where we need to protect the public.

In the next few days officers will be out in our communities encouraging and educating the public to understand and adhere to the new regulations. 

We are absolutely sure that the vast majority of the public will continue to act sensibly and ensure that County Durham is a safe place for all.  

Action which can be taken by the police and local authority against those who break the regulations, includes asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100.

People aged 18 or over will be able to be fined:

£100 for the first offence, lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days

£200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200

We would ask anyone wishing to report individual breaches of the Coronavirus legislation to do so through the Durham Constabulary live chat facility on the website where possible. Alternatively, call 101.

If you have concerns that a business or venue is not following the guidance, you can report it to Durham County Council.

We would also ask you not to contact the police to ask questions about the restrictions, or whether a particular restriction will apply to you, as this information is available on the Government's website.

For more information, visit Durham County Council's website.​