Two men have been caught travelling 200 miles to Essex for a friend’s birthday party.
On Friday, March 12, the pair from Somerset drove to Westcliff-on-Sea to join two friends for a birthday party. The 32-year-old organiser of the event was slapped with a fine.
It was one of several coronavirus breaches recorded by Essex Police in the last few weeks.
The day before, another man was also fined for travelling 175 miles from Wolverhampton to Colchester to see his family.
On the same day, a 25-year-old man received a fixed penalty notice (FPN) after he travelled to Stansted Airport with a couple he was not in a bubble with. He claimed that he was accompanying the driver as the journey took two hours.
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But when Essex Police officers checked at the address of a 37-year-old Harlow man who’d recently arrived back in the UK, he wasn’t there. The man later revealed he’d left home to help a client to jump-start a car. He received a fine.
Three men from different households were issued with FPNs on Saturday, March 13 after being found in a vehicle together at a suspected car meet on a Braintree industrial estate. All had been warned previously for breaching Covid regulations.
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Four men, aged between 20 and 28, were fined after travelling to Hertfordshire to collect a watch.
We all miss socialising with our friends on a Saturday night but having a party is currently prohibited. Officers were called to a house in Colchester where 12 people – aged from 18 to 32 – had been enjoying some drinks. Nine of the group were found hiding in cupboards and wardrobes. All were fined.
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The same evening, seven people were found playing loud music and drinking in a Southend shop. A 34-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were issued with FPNs.
And the following night in Colchester, officers discovered another party organised by a 26-year-old woman with nine guests. The woman was issued with an FPN.
Police are urging members of the public to continue to report Covid-19 breaches. You can report them via the Essex Police website by using the digital 101 services, where you can speak to one of the operators via Live Chat, any day between 7am and 11pm.