UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Fined for COVID-19 Lockdown Parties
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A viral thread shows the fines people were given for breaking Covid restrictions during the height of the pandemic.

The thread, posted by courts journalist Tristan Kirk takes on new significance in light of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak receiving fines for breaking lockdown rules.

One woman was fined £250 for dropping a birthday card round to someone she said she was in a social bubble with (which allowed people living alone to mix with one other household).

She claimed she didn't realise that at the time other people were present in the house.

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Meanwhile, a man was prosecuted for breaking hotel quarantine during "an anxiety attack". He claimed he isolated at his mother's house for the remainder of his isolation period.

In another case, a man was fined £1,200 for hosting an event to mark his friend's death:

While a man was fined £100 for meeting friends on his allotment.

Defending being fined, Johnson suggested he didn't realise the event in question -a birthday party in 2020 in which he was "ambushed with a cake" was against the very same Covid laws he was involved in making.

He said: "In all frankness, at that time it did not occur to me that this might have been a breach of the rules."

But some of the fines police handed out suggest that being unclear about the rules has not worked always worked as a defence:

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said:

"Throughout the pandemic the Met has followed the national 4 Es approach of enforcing the Coronavirus Regulations. Where live ongoing breaches of the restrictions were identified, officers engaged with those present, explained the current restrictions, encouraged people to adhere to them, and only as a last resort moved to enforcement.

"In line with the Met’s policy, officers do not normally investigate breaches of Coronavirus Regulations when they are reported long after they are said to have taken place. However, if significant evidence suggesting a breach of the regulations becomes available, officers may review and consider it."

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