Man is given £200 Covid fine for visiting a BROTHEL during lockdown as police also catch three women hiding in cupboard at house party
- A man was given a £200 fine for breaching Covid restrictions at a Kent brothel
- Individual was stopped by police as he attempted to enter property on Friday
- Total of 729 people punished by Kent Police for breaking Covid restrictions
- Including three women found hiding in cupboards at party in Dartford, Saturday
A man has been handed a £200 Covid fine for visiting a brothel during lockdown.
Kent Police caught the man entering the property in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, at around 6pm Friday 15 January.
He is one of 729 people who have been punished by the force for breaching coronavirus legislation since March 2020.
Fines have ranged from £200 to £1,000 for throwing parties, making non-essential trips or even going out in public while carrying the virus.
Others to receive a fine include three men and three women having a party at a house in Dartford on Saturday.
After dispersing the bash, officers were called back to find the three women attempting to hide in cupboards.
Kent Police Headquarters, 729 people have been punished by the force for breaching coronavirus legislation since March 2020
They were all fined despite one woman already receiving a fixed penalty notice after the first police attendance.
Police were also called to a woman causing a disturbance at a supermarket in Herne Bay at around 7pm on Friday.
She was offered a mask but refused to wear it and became aggressive – leading to her being fined for behaving antisocially.
In Folkestone, another woman was fined at 1am on Saturday after admitting she had tested positive for Covid-19 three days earlier and should have been self-isolating.
Kent Police has pleaded for people to follow rules. Pictured: Ashford, Kent, December 2020 (file photo). There is no suggestion any of those pictured breached restrictions
A view of Sheerness High Street in the borough of Swale in Kent during the second lockdown (file photo). There is no suggestion any of those pictured breached restrictions
Officers also busted a party of 20 people in Canterbury just after 9pm on Friday. Two men and a women were fined.
Kent Police is pleading for people to continue following lockdown rules.
Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix said: ‘We remain in critical times and whilst the NHS have been remarkable in what they have achieved, they are still dealing with an overwhelming amount of seriously ill patients.
‘The limitations posed by lockdown are difficult for everyone and it is testament to the people of Kent that the vast majority of residents have changed their way of life to help stop the spread of this virus and protect the most vulnerable within the community.
‘I would like to thank these people for making such sacrifices, which will not only take the strain off the NHS, but ultimately save lives.
Fines have ranged from £200 to £1,000. Pictured: Promenade in Dover, Kent, November 2020 (file photo). There is no suggestion any of those pictured breached restrictions
‘Whilst it is encouraging to see that many are being vaccinated against Covid-19 and the infection rate is slowing, we must not be complacent and use that as an excuse to breach the regulations.
‘The virus remains deadly to many and it is crucial that we all do what we can to protect others and prevent overwhelming our hospitals.
‘Officers will continue to patrol the county, explaining, engaging and encouraging people to adhere to the regulations.
‘They will take action against those who show a blatant disregard for others by holding parties or going out when they have a positive Coronavirus test.’