Thornbury man fined for failing to self-isolate under COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace rules
A THORNBURY man has been fined £1,000 after failing to self-isolate after being notified by NHS Test and Trace.
The case, involving a man who has not been named, was one of several breaches of COVID-19 regulations highlighted by Avon and Somerset police, who have set up a dedicated response team and say they have issued 44 fines in the past month, following more than 460 suspected breaches reported by the public.
Other incidents from October include an illegal rave attended by up to 700 people in Yate on Saturday night. Eight people have so far been arrested in connection with the incident, which involved a warehouse at the Stover Trading Estate, and officers continue to review evidence before determining what action to take.
The owner of a Bristol club, the Jack of Diamonds, has been given a £10,000 fine for facilitating a gathering in breach of COVID-19 regulations, after being found hosting an event which breached the 10pm curfew less than a week after receiving a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for a similar incident.
Another £1,000 fine was given to a pub in Taunton for breaching regulations and £200 fines were handed out following house parties in Weston-super-Mare and West Huntspill at the weekend.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen said: “It’s truly shameful the level of disregard some people continue to show, not just for themselves or the law but for other members of society.
“What is horrifying about these cases was the attitude shown towards officers who are just doing their job.
“Several officers responding to the rave were injured by revellers throwing missiles, including lit aerosol cans, while both the Racehorse pub in Taunton and the Jack of Diamonds in Bristol made efforts to obstruct police from gaining entry to their venues.
“These people know exactly what they are doing and it is not only wrong but dangerous on multiple levels.”
A picture taken by Gloucestershire police officers called to help the Avon and Somerset force deal with the illegal rave in Yate shows the mess left behind
A total of 33,525 reports of regulation breaches have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, with police issuing 423 fixed penalty notices so far.
Mr Cullen added: “The vast majority of people have stuck to the rules and follow the guidance in place, and we’re extremely grateful for this.
“However, as the weekend’s rave, breaches by pubs, house parties and people failing to self-isolate show, the message doesn’t appear to be getting through to everybody.
“The coronavirus legislation is in place to save lives and stop the spread of a virus which has claimed the lives of more than 46,000 people in the UK.
“We know we’re in for a difficult winter and the next few weeks and months are set to be particularly challenging if more restrictions are introduced as expected.
“We will continue to engage with the public as we have done throughout this crisis, explain the restrictions in place and encourage them to comply.
“But let me be clear, we won’t tolerate flagrant breaches of the regulations. We will move more swiftly to enforcement, because we simply cannot allow the selfish actions of a few to jeopardise the determined efforts our communities have put in over the past seven months.
“The Government have given us an additional £680,000 to directly tackle the pandemic which we have used to set up a dedicated COVID-19 response team.
“This team will concentrate on dealing with reports of breaches coming in and proactively police areas where problems have previously occurred.
“We are fortunate the number of COVID-19 cases in the South West are not as high as some other parts of the UK, but they are rising and we cannot afford to be complacent.”