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Seven people fined for breaking lockdown restrictions after letting off fireworks in park

Seven people have been fined for breaching COVID-19 restrictions after meeting in a park to let off fireworks in Bushey. 

Police were called by several residents just after 1am this morning (5 November) to reports of loud bangs coming from King George Recreation Ground in Bushey.

Officers attended and seven people – a group of men and woman aged from 19 to 22 – were located and each given £200 fines for breaching the lockdown rules police have said.

They were carrying around £500 worth of fireworks with them, which were confiscated by officers and will be destroyed.

Hertsmere Sergeant Matt Cann said: “Not only is letting off fireworks in a public park in the early hours of the morning both anti-social and dangerous, this group of young people were also in breach of the lockdown rules.

“Their actions showed a complete disregard for the second lockdown and the tough measures that the majority of us are committed to living by to ensure that we drive down the infection rate to protect our NHS and save lives.”

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls added: “Under the government rules, people have been told to stay at home and non-essential shops, pubs and gyms ordered to close. Households are banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens, unless in a support bubble.

“The rules are in place for everyone’s safety and our officers will continue to engage with people proportionately, fairly with a common-sense approach to support the new regulations.

“Of course, not following the measures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus is unacceptable and anyone who knowingly or deliberately break the rules, should expect to receive a fine.

“In the coming days, as people mark Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday I thank them in advance for doing so responsibly.”