29th Oct, 2020

Data reveals £10k covid fines after illegal gatherings across Warwickshire

Editorial Correspondent 30th Sep, 2020 Updated: 30th Sep, 2020

ILLEGAL gatherings across Warwickshire have resulted in three £10,000 fines.

Two fines were issued by Warwickshire Police after covid legislation was breached during a party with more than 60 guests in Bramcote, earlier this month.

Another fine was issued to a man after a festival at Stratford Recreational Ground was attended by more than 200 people in late August.

A further £200 fine was issued to a pub owner in North Warwickshire after officers responded to a report that staff were not wearing masks and people were standing at the bar instead of at tables.

The announcement comes as the National Police Chiefs’ Council releases national fixed penalty data.

Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Tedds said: “While most people are following the rules and doing their bit to stop the spread of the virus, there are clearly some people who don’t think the rules apply to them. I hope the severity of the fines sends out a very clear message to others thinking of organising an event.

“We are committed to engaging with our communities, explaining the risks and people’s responsibilities, and encouraging compliance with legislation; but, be under no illusion, where there are clear and deliberate breaches of legislation we will not hesitate to take action.”

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