More Covid breaches as police find gathering and man not in support bubble in Tamworth

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More Covid breaches were reported over the weekend as police responded to reports of a gathering and a man was found in someone else’s house when not in their support bubble.

Warwickshire Police say three people have been reported for fines after the two separate incidents.

Two people were reported over the gathering in Coronation Avenue, Polesworth on Friday night, January 15 while a man was reported for being in another house and breaking the government guidelines in Milner Drive, Shuttington on Saturday morning, January 16.

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Police confirmed: “Officers attended Coronation Avenue at 7.42pm on Friday following a report of people gathering at the property. Two people were reported for fines.

“A man was reported for a fine after he was found at someone’s house when not in their support bubble at 8.36am in Milner Drive, Shuttington on Saturday.”

Last week we told how a party in Station Road, Polesworth on January 9 featuring 15 to 20 people led to a householder being reported for a fine.

A man and woman caught travelling from Tamworth and Birmingham to Liverpool for a New Year party have also both been issued with £200 fines.

Four fines have been handed out after officers were called to a gathering at a Tamworth property – and found booze, pizzas and a disco ball.

Officers attended an address in Wilnecote on December 23, the date of what was supposed to be the first day of relaxed Covid rules before the Government opted against it due to a rise in cases and the new strain taking effect.

Warwickshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: “While the majority of people are following the rules, we are continuing to see some ignore the restrictions and choose to put others at risk.

“There are some clear messages coming from our health colleagues about the huge pressures on the NHS and the importance of everyone following the rules to bring down the number of infections.

“We know this is difficult and frustrating, but we must all take personal responsibility for our actions and play our part in protecting ourselves and others.

“Our officers will continue to engage with people and explain the rules, but the expectation now is that people do understand the situation and must have a reasonable excuse for being away from their home, as set out by the Government.

“If this is not the case, they will face a fine.”

Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Emma Barnett, has said: “It is critical that communities continue to work together to follow the rules, to help prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed by the new strain of Covid-19 and to prevent more lives being lost.

“We recognise that the last ten months have been very challenging for people and will continue to be so over the coming weeks.

“I would like to thank the vast majority of people across our county for following the rules and adhering to the stricter guidelines.

“As throughout the pandemic, our officers will work with local communities to engage with people proportionately, fairly and using common sense, to encourage compliance with the regulations.

“Where people are determined to break these rules, which are in place to keep people safe, we will not hesitate to move to enforcement and issue a fine, targetting our resources towards those who commit the most serious breaches and put others at risk through their behaviour.

“Our experience so far is that the vast majority of people have taken personal responsibility for doing the right thing and I am confident that will continue so that we can bring the virus under control and start to think about a return to a more normal way of life.”





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