Police fined £200 for getting haircuts by barber at station
Caught by the fuzz! Dozens of police officers are fined £200 each for breaking Covid rules by getting their HAIR CUT by local barber at a police station
- 31 Metropolitan Police officers had their hair cut at Bethnal Green police station
- Each been given £200 fixed penalty notices for breaking the Covid restrictions
- Two officers who brought in the barber are under investigation for misconduct
- Comes after nine officers were fined £200 each for having breakfast in a cafe
A group of 31 police officers have each been slapped with £200 fines after they hired a professional barber to cut their hair at a police station, it emerged today.
They hired a professional barber to come in and cut their hair at Bethnal Green police station in East London on Sunday, January 17 – while the country remains in the grip of its third lockdown, with more than 1,000 people dying every day.
The Metropolitan Police officers have all been given the fixed penalty notices for breaching Covid-19 regulations while on duty.
Two officers who organised the barber are now under investigation for misconduct.
This comes just days after it was revealed that nine Met officers were fined £200 each after they were spotted by the public tucking into breakfast together inside a London café during lockdown.
The group hired a professional barber to come in and cut their hair at Bethnal Green police station in East London
Irony: These pictures, tweeted by Bethnal Green Police last July, showed officers patrolling the area and clamping down on locals – accusing residents of hanging around outside barber shops
The latest incident comes after a passer-by caught several squad cars outside The Chef House Kitchen (pictured) while officers sat inside – despite a ban on gatherings and table service – earlier this month
An investigation was launched and the 31 police officers who had their hair cut have now each been hit with a £200 fixed penalty notice.
A source told The Sun that a ‘Turkish barber’ cut the officers’ hair for £10 each.
The source added: ‘There were around 100 officers in total but someone informed senior management about what was happening and all hell broke loose.
‘There are 31 officers being fined and that is causing problems in itself because there were plenty of others who had their hair cut and got away with it.’
Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, said: ‘It is deeply disappointing and frustrating that my officers have fallen short of the expectation to uphold Covid-19 regulations.
‘Although officers donated money to charity as part of the haircut, this does not excuse them from what was a very poor decision.
‘I expect a lot more of them. It is right therefore, officers should each face a £200 fine, as well as misconduct action for those two who organised this event.
‘Quite rightly, the public expect police to be role models in following the regulations which are designed to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
‘I hope this action proves that police are not immune to enforcement of the rules, and we are prepared as an organisation to take action if we see officers have behaved irresponsibly.’
Last week, it emerged nine officers had been fined for dining together in a cafe.
A passer-by spotted several squad cars outside The Chef House Kitchen in Woolwich and took a photograph of the policemen and women tucking into their breakfasts despite a nationwide ban on indoor dining.
Brian Jennings, 44, regularly walks past the cafe, near the Greenwich Patrol Base in south east London for exercise and saw them sitting inside eating
The images from Greenwich, which has one of the highest infection rates in the country, caused outrage as Britain sits in the middle of a third national lockdown.
There was also anger because Scotland Yard is in the midst of a crisis because about 1,700 Metropolitan Police staff are off sick or self-isolating.
Following an investigation into the incident on January 9, it was determined that the officers involved should be issued with fixed penalty notices to the value of £200 each.
The group were spotted on the day that their boss Cressida Dick vowed to crack down harder on lockdown flouters. The Met Commissioner said it was inconceivable that people didn’t the rules by now.
She has also urged the public to call the police on neighbours if the flout the rules.
But her own officers were shamed by Brian Jennings, 44, regularly walks past the cafe, near the Greenwich Patrol Base in south east London for exercise and saw them sitting inside eating.
The IT manager from Blackheath said he was outraged by the site after reading of members of the public who fined for going for a walk with a coffee.
He said: ‘There’s a large police depot on the Thames riverside near me. I walk past it a few times a week because it’s a nice quiet place to take exercise.
‘On the neighbouring industrial estate there’s a cafe. We noticed in the first lockdown and then we noticed it again today that, regularly, first thing in the morning there will be half a dozen squad cars outside and every table full of police officers having breakfast in there.
‘It’s not a one off it’s been going on for a few months. You read about people getting fined in the papers and it seems hypocritical as there [looks like there is little] social distancing in the cafe.
‘It’s a public cafe and it’s open and its serving table service in lockdown – it is not good.
‘It’s about as bad as it gets in the UK with a virus and it’s insensitive and stupid. I think it’s really bad.’
He added: ‘I find the regular, continued flouting of social distancing, and lockdown regulations by the police hypocritical and foolish at this time when the infection rates in Greenwich Borough are among the highest in the UK.’
The Chef House Kitchen refused to comment on the case.
Police raid a BABY SHOWER for breaking Covid rules: Moment officers discover 20 people inside home decorated with pink balloons as two men face £200 fines for rule breach
Video footage has captured the moment police raided a house to find 20 people inside enjoying a baby shower.
Body-worn footage of officers entering the house in Hornchurch, east London, on Sunday shows the group sitting around a table covered with food and a balloon arch at one end of the room.
The two organisers, men aged 22 and 44, were both reported for breaking lockdown rules and now face a £200 fine each.
This comes after police in Hampshire found a ‘hot tub’ party at a property in Gosport on Sunday, where one of the occupants claimed to be unaware of the pandemic.
A man and woman were also slapped with Covid fines after they made a 260 mile round trip to Yorkshire to find a Sunday roast.
Body-worn footage of officers entering the house in Hornchurch, east London, on Sunday shows the group sitting around a table covered with food and a balloon arch at one end of the room
The two organisers, men aged 22 and 44, were both reported for breaking lockdown rules and now face a £200 fine each
Driver who got stuck trying to take his Land Rover up snow-covered mountain is fined £200
Police were forced to rescue a Covid rule-breaker after he got his 4×4 stuck on the side of a snow-covered mountain.
The man faces a £200 fine for disobeying the stay-at-home law and is set to be ordered to pay for the cost of the rescue operation costing hundreds of pounds in public money.
North Wales Police condemned his behaviour as he was illegally off-roading in sub-zero temperatures when he got bogged down and had to phone for help.
North Wales Police Rural Crime Team were dispatched to the hillside – called Worlds End – in the shadow of the 499 metres (1,637ft) Ruabon Mountain near Llangollen.
After hauling him back on to the road, they said he’d broken the lockdown law and it was also illegal because his antics could damage a site of special scientific interest.
Police released images showing the vehicle stuck on the snow-covered hillside yesterday afternoon.
It is the latest example of people flouting lockdown rules in Wales this month despite government pleas for people to stay home.
The officers found 20 guests from a number of different households when they went inside the house in Hornchurch, east London, on Sunday evening just after 6pm.
Video footage from the officer’s body-worn cameras showed the group sitting around a large dining table, filled with plates of food.
An arch of pink balloons and a woman cradling a baby as officers quizzed the guests could also be seen in the clip.
A female officer could be heard saying, ‘OK, a really big dinner’, when she first saw the size of the buffet.
Those attending the shindig included young children, teenagers and adults in their late 40s, Scotland Yard said.
After grilling the occupants over why so many people were in the same house, the two organisers – two men aged 22 and 44 – were reported for breaching COVID regulations.
The party goers avoided new £800 fines – which were announced by Priti Patel last week – because the fines only came into force this week.
Since January 4 the government banned mixed between different households and mass gatherings.
The Home Secretary announced on Friday that from this week anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people in England could be fined £800.
This will double for each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman from East Area Basic Command Unit, said the force will come down on any similar gatherings if they are reported.
He added: ‘This gathering had people of widely different ages and from different households present.
‘Whilst I fully understand that people want to get together to celebrate events, this is definitely not the time to do it in person.
‘A gathering like this can have tragic consequences for all those involved and risks spreading this terrible virus to our loved ones and the wider community.
‘Please have no doubt, we are determined to deal robustly with those who breach the Covid regulations in this way.’
Elsewhere, police in Hampshire blocked off a car park to catch and fine 26 people for gathering for a car meet in breach of Covid-19 regulations.
Officers shut off the car park at Blacknest Industrial Estate in Alton on Saturday evening after finding a large number of vehicles including BMWs, Nissans and Toyotas – from as far afield as Shropshire, Kent, Surrey and Berkshire.
A force spokesman said that people inside the cars were from different households with many not wearing face coverings.
Officers also caught a man and woman after they’d travelled from Derbyshire to Yorkshire in search of a Sunday dinner.
The pair, in their 20s, told officers that one of their mum’s had ‘let them down’ after promising to cook for them, so the duo ended up driving 130 miles to York in search of a takeaway roast.
Guests at the party included young children and teenagers, as well as people in their late 40s
What are the rules around gatherings?
Under current Covid laws, you must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’.
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
But last week, Priti Patel announced that people attending illegal house parties will now face £800 fines as police tighten their clampdown on coronavirus rule-breaking.
The Home Secretary announced the hefty penalty for anyone attending gatherings of 15 or more people as she lashed out at revellers for spreading Covid.
The fines, which come into place this week, will double for each repeat offence, up to a maximum of £6,400.
Hosts of illegal parties are already eligible for a £10,000 fine.
A police spokesperson said: ‘We know nobody does Yorkshire puddings better than us here in Yorkshire.
‘But they’re really not worth getting into trouble for.
‘While most people continued to stay home and stay safe, our officers encountered a man and a woman who drove from Derbyshire to look for something to eat in York.
‘Following further enquiries, they told officers that one of their mums was going to cook them Sunday lunch but had ‘let them down’.
‘So they decided to come to York in search of a takeaway roast instead.
‘After all the usual checks were carried out, the pair who are in their 20s were given Covid fixed penalty notices.
‘Driving 130 miles in search of Sunday lunch is not an essential journey.
‘It’ll be great when we can go out for a Sunday roast with family and friends.’
On Sunday, Gosport police posted on Facebook: ‘REPORTED! Last night persons were reported for breaching COVID-19 regulations, after holding a hot tub party in the back garden.
‘One occupant claimed they were unaware of the global pandemic, and he was almost arrested after refusing to provide his details #WeAreInThisTogether.’
And a funeral director from Mansfield has been hit with a £10,000 fine for organising a funeral in Hertfordshire with almost 150 people in attendance.
The director was hit with the fine after Hertfordshire Police were made aware of the event which was due to take place in Welwyn Garden City last Thursday.
Under lockdown rules, only 30 people are allowed to attend a funeral in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Hertfordshire Police say close to 150 people were actually in attendance. The fine was then issued to the Mansfield funeral director for organising the event.
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