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Police ‘are told to fine Covid rule-breakers after just ONE verbal warning’ as three officers ‘arrest a woman for sitting on a bench’ and another is surrounded for ‘leaving her house more than once’

  • Officers will ‘move through the gears’ and fine people £200 if they think a person is flouting the restrictions
  • It comes as footage showed three police officers surrounding a woman for leaving her house more than once
  • Another four officers appear to arrest a different woman for what she claims was ‘sitting on a bench’ by sea
  • Meanwhile Priti Patel defended police over the breaches – stressing there is a ‘need for strong enforcement’

James Gant – Daily Mail Jan 10, 2021

A man is arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in central London. click to enlarge

Police have been told to fine Covid rule-breakers after just one verbal warning in another ramping up of lockdown enforcement, reports say.

Officers will ‘move through the gears’ and charge people £200 if they think a person is flouting the restrictions and they will not go home when asked once.

It comes as footage emerged showing three police officers surrounding a woman for allegedly leaving her house more than once in a day.

Another four officers appear to arrest a different woman for what she claims was ‘sitting on a bench’ on the seafront.

Meanwhile Priti Patel defended the way police have handed out fines for breaches, stressing there is a ‘need for strong enforcement’.

Forces across England have urged people to stay home and avoid travelling as they continue to fine Covid rule-breakers.

Several constabularies issued the message on Saturday as doctors said pressure on the NHS from coronavirus could get worse in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere key workers became some of the first to be vaccinated against coronavirus at a mass vaccine hub in Newcastle as the government ramps up distribution of the jabs in the hope of ending lockdown by spring.

People were pictured being given injections at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle on Saturday – one of seven centres that are due to open to the elderly and vulnerable on Monday.

It comes after Boris Johnson pledged to vaccinate hundreds of thousands people per day by Friday with the aim of giving 13million the jab before Easter, allowing lockdown restrictions to be significantly loosened.

The mass vaccination hubs – located in Newcastle, Manchester, London,  Stevenage, Surrey, Bristol and Birmingham – can treat up to four people per minute and will work alongside GP surgeries and other facilities to try and hit the Prime Minister’s ambitious target.

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