11 of the largest lockdown fines issued by police - and what they were for

Covid lockdown restrictions in England have been tightened in the run-up to Christmas, with the second national lockdown carrying heftier fines

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 1:57 pm
Several £10,000 penalties have been issued by police

Up until 2 December, people can now be hit with a £1,000 fine for failing to self-isolate when ordered to, with the penalty increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offences. Attending or organising large gatherings exceeding 30 people also carries a £10,000 fine, while businesses face the same penalty for refusing to comply with restrictions. Here are 11 of the biggest fines that have been issued by police for flouting the rules.

The landowner of Scarecrow Farm in Leeds was fined £10,000 for hosting a wedding celebration in a marquee, which had between 100 and 300 people in attendance.
Police issued a 38 year old man a £10,000 fine for hosting a party with more than 50 people inside his two bedroom flat in Manchester city centre. No guests were social distancing or wearing face coverings and music as being played through a sound system, including commercial-sized speakers.

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Four students were fined by Nottinghamshire police after hosting a house party. The students told officers everyone had left the gathering when they arrived at the address, but around 30 attendees were found hiding in the upstairs bedrooms, kitchen and basement of the property.
The owner of Tudor Rose in Southall, London was issued a £10,000 fine by police for hosting a wedding reception attended by more than 100 people.
The organiser of a birthday party in Wolverhapton attended by up to 60 people was handed a £10,000 fine after flouting lockdown rules on gatherings. Police found balloon arches, food and hard liquor inside the function room, despite the premises having no alcohol licence.
Two 36 year old men and a 43 year old woman were each issued a £10,000 fine by Merseyside police for breaching Covid rules after large crowds gathered for a bonfire and threw fireworks at officers in Wirral.
The family of a teenager in Wiltshire were issued a £10,000 fine for a house party which broke Covid restrictions, after police found between 80 and 100 people in attendance. However, the 18 year old organiser claimed it spiralled out of control after the event was shared on social media, leading to gatecrashers. The family have since filed a complaint with police and are in contact with a solicitor.
The owner of an events venue in Bristol was fined £10,000 after a second breach of Covid regulations for “running his establishment as a nightclub.” Avon and Somerset Police said dozens of people were found inside the Jack of Diamonds and less than a week earlier, the owner had been given a £1,000 fine for operating past the 10pm curfew.
The organiser of an anti-lockdown protest at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester was issued a £10,000 fine, after it was attended by around 600 people. Paul Boys, a fitness trainer and ‘ex-military veteran’, has said he will contest it after insisting the rally “wasn’t illegal.”
The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn became one of the first people to receive a £10,000 penalty for hosting a gathering of more than 30 people. Corbyn was arrested and fined for organising a demonstration in Trafalgar Square in London against lockdown restrictions
A man was issued a fixed penalty notice, which start at £200, for breaching Covid regulations to visit a friend’s house for a cup of tea. Greater Manchester Police said the man “tried to lie about why he was there” after being found out. The fine for leaving home without a reasonable excuse doubles for every breach, up to a maximum of £6,400.