POLICE are waging war on Covidiots by publicly shaming them for breaking lockdown rules.
Leicester Police are using bodycam footage to expose flouters after issuing 142 more fines totalling £57,800 in just one weekend.
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This included a staggering 37 fines at Castle Donnington after a group travelled across the country for a car cruise event.
And they also slapped six men from different households claiming to have a business meeting over pints at a private home with penalties.
The force exposed one Covidiot on Twitter who had driven from York to Leicester to see a mate.
Cops can be heard telling him: "That's a bit of a kick in the teeth after the year we've had so I'm going to give you a ticket."
The 11 lockdown breaches Leicester cops dealt with
- 37 fines were issued at Castle Donnington where people gathered for a car event (Car Cruise). Many had travelled from out of county and had no reason to be there. (10 Jan)
- A couple from Huddersfield were fined as they were stopped in their vehicle. They stated they were visiting a cousin. (8 Jan)
- Police were called to a private address in Stretton where six men were claiming to be having a business meeting over beer and food. All were from different households and none were bubbled together. (8 Jan)
- Officers spotted a number of people entering an address in Alfred Place, Leicester City Centre, wearing party attire. When they made enquiries there were 30+ people at the address who were dispersed and the organisers fined. (9 Jan)
- Vehicle stopped at McDonald’s Wigston found to contain 4 males from different households (9 Jan)
- A man was fined after police found he was still taking customers in his nail bar in Stockwell. Head. Two women who were waiting to have their nails done were also spoken to. (9 Jan)
- Man and woman from Bradford fined once vehicle stopped in Leicester – no reasonable excuse given. (9 Jan)
- A man from Bradgate Drive, Coalville was fined after he said he didn’t believe in the pandemic and that it was fine that his brother came to visit him from Manchester. (9 Jan)
- Officers attended an address on Avenue Road Extension where a birthday party of around 11 people from different households had taken place. The household was fined. (10 Jan)
- Vehicle stopped with two men inside, one of which had travelled from Coventry to spend the night with his cousin. (10 Jan)
- Officers attended Belgrave Gate in the early hours of Sunday morning after a group of 20 people were seen in 4/5 cars, hugging and dancing in the street on CCTV. (10 Jan)
Another clip showed a rulebreaker going to drop his pal a tenner just days after he received a fine for another Covid breach.
One officer reveals he has battled the disease as he shut down a party of ten people inside a home.
In another clip, a flouter claims they aren't in the wrong, saying: "I still don't know anyone who's got it. I don't know anyone that's died from it."
Assistant chief constable Kerry Smith said: "Over the weekend we dealt with a number incidents where people had no excuse for their behaviour. Some of the reasons for being outside were ridiculous and this is what officers are having to deal with.
“We cannot be clearer about how this is the only way to stop the spread of the virus. Stay at home, protect the NHS.
“There really is no excuse this far into the pandemic for people to be taking these risks”.
Cops have promised to take a tougher approach to those flouting restrictions amid reports that officers will fine Brits the first time they are caught without a face mask or leave home without a reasonable excuse.
Under the measures, rule breakers will be hit with a £200 fine for a first offence which will then double to £400 for a second.
The penalties could continue to double to as much as £6,400 if Brits continue to ignore life-saving restrictions.
Those holding, or involved in holding, an illegal gathering of more than 30 people risk a police-issued fine of £10,000.
Priti Patel also warned stricter enforcement could be on the cards if Brits continue to sneak out to meet others unnecessarily.
She told people to obey lockdown rules or face further measures within days.
Ms Patel said blame for a crackdown would lie solely with a minority of people who she accused of putting the health of the nation at risk with “endless egregious breaches”.
Speaking at a No10 press conference, Ms Patel said: “If you do not play your part, our selfless police officers will enforce the regulations and I will back them to do so.”
She revealed that almost 45,000 fixed penalty notices had been issued across the UK during the pandemic but warned that the police were going to get tougher.
The Home Secretary was backed by the chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council, Martin Hewitt, who warned there would now be more bobbies on the beat to look out for rule-breakers.
He told the press conference: “At this critical time, we will have more dedicated police officers out on dedicated patrols to take action against the small few who are letting us all down.”
Britain's most senior police officer, Dame Cressida Dick, also warned that officers in London will move swiftly to fine people who blatantly ignore the regulations.
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We will move more quickly to enforcement, and particularly where somebody is breaking the law and breaking the regulations.
"If it is absolutely clear that they must have known, or do know that they are, then we will move very swiftly to enforcement and fining people."
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