Lockdown rule-breakers face doubling of fines as government proposes £100 for first offence

Covidiots who continually flout lockdown laws could face fines of more than £3,000 under new government proposals.

Government chiefs are considering increasing fines up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offenders, and £100 for first time rule-breakers.

The move is part of a crackdown on those breaking strict lockdown laws, which were put in place in March to help slow the spread of coronavirus.  

The eye-watering maximum fine would be for an offender caught for a sixth time, with fines set to double for each repeat offence.

It means a sixth time offender would accumulate fines totalling £6,300. 

The move comes as some Britons continue to flout the rules, with more than 9,000 fines issued throughout England and Wales in the four weeks to April 27. 

Government chiefs are considering increasing fines for those who breach coronavirus lockdown laws to up a maximum of £3,200. Pictured: A police officer speaks with a topless man in St James Park in London

Government chiefs are considering increasing fines for those who breach coronavirus lockdown laws to up a maximum of £3,200. Pictured: A police officer speaks with a topless man in St James Park in London

Government chiefs are considering increasing fines for those who breach coronavirus lockdown laws to up a maximum of £3,200. Pictured: A police officer speaks with a topless man in St James Park in London

The move is part of a crackdown on those breaking strict lockdown laws, which were put in place in March to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Pictured: Police in Glastonbury Market Place broke up a Free Love Cannabis protest today

The move is part of a crackdown on those breaking strict lockdown laws, which were put in place in March to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Pictured: Police in Glastonbury Market Place broke up a Free Love Cannabis protest today

The move is part of a crackdown on those breaking strict lockdown laws, which were put in place in March to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Pictured: Police in Glastonbury Market Place broke up a Free Love Cannabis protest today

More than 9,000 fines were issued for breaches of lockdown laws throughout England and Wales in the four weeks to April 27

More than 9,000 fines were issued for breaches of lockdown laws throughout England and Wales in the four weeks to April 27

More than 9,000 fines were issued for breaches of lockdown laws throughout England and Wales in the four weeks to April 27

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove revealed to MPs that more than 3,200 fines had been issued to people between March 27 and April 13. Pictured: A group of people on Crystal Palace Park today

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove revealed to MPs that more than 3,200 fines had been issued to people between March 27 and April 13. Pictured: A group of people on Crystal Palace Park today

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove revealed to MPs that more than 3,200 fines had been issued to people between March 27 and April 13. Pictured: A group of people on Crystal Palace Park today

Police handed out 400 fixed penalty notices to repeat offenders in the four weeks to April 27 in England and Wales, while one person was even fined six times, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

Last month, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove revealed to MPs that more than 3,200 fines had been issued to people between March 27 and April 13.

A Whitehall source told the paper said: ‘In the next phase of our fight against coronavirus, some of the social distancing measures will be relaxed, others will be toughened up.

‘Hand in hand with the new rules will come tougher enforcement powers for the police to crack down on the small minority who break the rules – and stop them putting everyone else at greater risk.’  

Downing Street has previously said ramping up the fines was an option but such a course would only be taken if people repeatedly ignored or disregarded the current penalties.

Officers have been told to use their common sense when dealing with gatherings, with fines only used if warnings and persuasion prove ineffective.

But while the vast majority of the country has abided by the rules, some covidiots have continued to act out.

Today, police in Glastonbury Market Place broke up a Free Love Cannabis protest.

Last week, dozens of revellers posed for a picture during a group drinking session in breach of lockdown rules – while shoppers queued outside reopened DIY stores and motorists returned to the streets of London on Monday.

Around 30 people gathered for an outdoor party last weekend in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.

Around 30 people gathered for an outdoor party in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, last month, despite rules banning gatherings of people

Around 30 people gathered for an outdoor party in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, last month, despite rules banning gatherings of people

Around 30 people gathered for an outdoor party in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, last month, despite rules banning gatherings of people

One of the group joked online that they were ‘away for a social distance swally’ and that she would ‘probs be in the cells for 4’.   

Last week, a group of covidiots left behind empty vodka bottles and beer cans after an unauthorised party at a beauty spot’ at Whitfield Valley Nature reserve in Staffordshire.  

Yesterday, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, groups of people defied government rules by gathering for an anti-lockdown ‘protest’.

The protesters held a demonstration in a children’s park and have vowed to meet every week to take a stand against lockdown measures, claiming coronavirus deaths have been exaggerated. 

And in London, a protest by 5G conspiracy theorists saw a group of people take part in a ‘group hug’ outside the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters, New Scotland Yard. 

Yesterday a group of anti-lockdown protesters held a 'group hug' outside the Metropolitan Police's New Scotland Yard headquarters. One of the group held a sign saying 'no more lockdown'

Yesterday a group of anti-lockdown protesters held a 'group hug' outside the Metropolitan Police's New Scotland Yard headquarters. One of the group held a sign saying 'no more lockdown'

Yesterday a group of anti-lockdown protesters held a 'group hug' outside the Metropolitan Police's New Scotland Yard headquarters. One of the group held a sign saying 'my body my choice'

Yesterday a group of anti-lockdown protesters held a 'group hug' outside the Metropolitan Police's New Scotland Yard headquarters. One of the group held a sign saying 'my body my choice'

Yesterday a group of anti-lockdown protesters held a ‘group hug’ outside the Metropolitan Police’s New Scotland Yard headquarters. The group held signs including ‘no more lockdown’ and ‘my body my choice’

The group, which included young children, held up signs which included the slogans ‘my body, my choice’, ‘we do not consent’ and ‘no more lockdown’.

One man was arrested on suspicion of failing to comply with the direction of a police constable and assault on police. He was taken into custody yesterday. 

Since Britain was put into lockdown in March, the public is only supposed to go outside for essential shopping/medical appointments or taking part in one hour’s exercise.

Key workers are allowed to commute to and from work.

The rules were put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 180,000 people across the UK.

The government announced 621 more people had died from coronavirus yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths to 28,131. 

 

 

 

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