Hertsmere is among Hertfordshire’s two worst areas for fines related to breaking Covid restrictions, latest figures have revealed. 

Since the country’s second lockdown was announced in November 89 penalties were issued up to March 1 for ignoring rules on travel, gatherings and social distancing. 

Only Welwyn Hatfield (102) had a higher total among the 10 boroughs, with Watford in third with 78. 

Fines range from £200 for initial breaches to £10,000 for repeat offenders - which included one Watford man who hosted multiple parties in Vicarage Road.

On November 11, police found eight people inside a property in Maxwell Road, Borehamwood, who all lived at different homes. They were all fined £200 each.

Herts Police’s superintendent Sue Jameson said: "Thankfully the vast majority of people in Hertfordshire have done the right thing and followed the rules so that our officers have not needed to issue a large number of fixed penalty notices.

"On a few occasions, it has been necessary to issue fines, for example to a large group of people socialising together indoors - clearly a blatant breach of lockdown restrictions.”

She also urged people to stick to the current rules and not socialise indoors.

Elsewhere in Hertfordshire 61 fines were issued in Broxbourne, Stevenage had 54 and St Albans 48. 

They were followed by North Herts (20), East Herts (11), Three Rivers (11), and Dacorum (9).

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers continue to be out in communities - engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly and follow coronavirus rules. 

"Enforcement action is a last resort. We are working with local authorities, licensing authorities, COVID marshals and businesses as lockdown eases."

She added people can report rule-breakers online or by calling non-emergency number 101.

Full list: 

Broxbourne: 61
Dacorum: 9
East Herts: 11
Hertsmere: 89
North Herts: 20
Stevenage: 54
St Albans: 48
Three Rivers: 11
Welwyn Hatfield: 102
Watford: 78