A group of 10 who rented an apartment to have a party were among 74 people fined for breaching Covid-19 legislation over the weekend.
Officers were called to a property in The Boulevard, Greenhithe at around 10pm on Saturday, 13 February following a report of a party. 10 people were there. They told the patrol they had rented the apartment to have a ‘blowout.’
The six men and four women were issued with fines.
Also fined was a motorist who was stopped with his friends from separate households in Dock Road, Chatham at 2.27am on Monday, 15 February. None of them were wearing masks and the driver told officers he was taking them to his address in Gillingham. All four were fined.
Three women and two men received fines after officers were called to reports of a house party in Maison Dieu Road, Dover at 12.35am on Sunday, 14 February. They all claimed to live at the address, however subsequent checks by officers revealed they did not and they were fined.
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Four men were issued with fines after officers stopped a car in Benenden Road, Wainscott at 12.30am on Saturday, 13 February. The men, who said they had been driving around and drinking, were all from different households.
Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix said: ‘The vast majority of people in the county continue to do the right thing and make substantial personal sacrifices by following the regulations. Their efforts are undoubtedly saving lives and preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed.
‘It is not yet time to act like lockdown restrictions have been lifted and we will take action against those who continue to ignore the regulations and behave selfishly. Whilst I understand that people simply want to socialise, if everyone breached the restrictions, we could find ourselves in a dire situation.
‘I would ask people to think carefully about their behaviour, just popping round a friends house or having a small family party, may not seem problematic but the knock on effect can be devastating. Ask yourself how you would feel if you became responsible for spreading the virus to someone who became seriously ill or even lost their life. Following the regulations is the best possible way to be a good citizen and care for others.’Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix