Police have dished out three £10,000 fines to people in Warwickshire for organising illegal Covid-19 rule-breaking gatherings so far.
The force has, for the first time, broken its silence on what fines have been given out for breaking coronavirus legislation.
It has confirmed that fines were issued to two men following a party with 60-80 guests in Bramcote on September 12.
Another fine was issued to a man after a festival at Stratford recreational ground was attended by more than 200 people on August 24.
The ‘rule of six’ currently applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse meetings exceeding this number and fine those involved.
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.”
Police have also revealed that a pub owner in the borough has been forced to pay a £200 fine.
It follows a report of staff not wearing masks and people drinking at the bar, not at tables.
The announcement comes as the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) releases national fixed penalty data.
They say they are committed to educating people first but said that, if this is ignored, they will use the new powers given by the government.
In nearby Coventry, more than 200 people flouted lockdown rules at a student accommodation party.
A video has emerged of the party and police are investigating.
How to report incidents
Anyone with any information about social distancing rule breakers in their community should call Warwickshire Police on 101.
Details can also be passed on via the independent charity Crimestoppers, which is free to call from a landline and confidential, on 0800 555 111.
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