Police issue more fines for COVID-19 rule breaches

Sussex Police are continuing to enforce COVID-19 rules.

During the first weekend of the current lockdown, 45 fines were issued, with a further 120 issued last weekend.

Officers were conducting patrols between Friday 15 and Sunday 17 January, with Fixed Penalty Notices issued to people failing to comply with current regulations.

Recipients of these latest fines included:

  • A man who drove from Bexhill to Eastbourne to fill up his car with petrol
  • A couple who drove 88 miles to visit Beachy Head
  • People at three large gatherings inside properties in Brighton and Hove
  • A group of 6 people from different households sitting inside a Hove beach hut.

Superintendent Julia Pope said, “We know the overwhelming majority of people in Sussex are doing the right thing by staying home, wearing masks and social distancing, but the amount of the FPNs the force issued over the weekend is concerning.

We understand the past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone but the virus is still very much here and we all need to do what we can to help prevent the spread.

The rules and regulations are there for a reason and people should not be trying to find loopholes for their actions. Your actions could have serious consequences to the health of others.

Our officers will continue to use the 4E’s approach and enforcement action will be taken against those who are still blatantly breaching the rules as if they do not apply to them.

Please, let’s all work together to help prevent this virus, protect the NHS and save lives.”