Covid-19 rule breakers flocking to Bristol’s harbourside fined

covid 19 rule breakers flocking to bristols harbourside fined - Covid-19 rule breakers flocking to Bristol's harbourside fined

Police dispersed large numbers of people gathering in Bristol’s harbourside on Sunday afternoon.

Officers were called in as the waterside became packed with people enjoying the milder weather after a rainy start on Sunday morning.

Three fixed penalty notices were given out for breaching Covid-19 restrictions after police arrived at Hannover Quay on the waterfront.

A number of people were also given advice on the coronavirus restrictions which are due to be reviewed on Monday (February 22).

Avon and Somerset Police tweeted on Sunday: “Officers attended Hannover Quay, Bristol, this afternoon following reports of large numbers of people present.

” 3x Covid-19 FPNs have been issued and officers have issued a number of people with advice.

“Please continue to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Hannover Quay is the stretch between the amphitheatre and Broken Dock, on the north side of the Floating Harbour and it can get very busy when the weather is warm.

It is next to the Lloyds amphitheatre which is a popular gathering spot and yesterday passers by said the whole area had become very crowded when compared to the lone walkers seen at the height of lockdown.

The clampdown at the harbourside followed visit by the mounted police to nearby Castle Gardens amid reports of drug dealers gathering in the city centre park on Saturday night.

Horses Larry and Somerset spent Saturday night patrolling St Pauls and the city centre to make sure everybody was obeying the rules.

It follows a number of breaches on the weekend before Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday about when and how lockdown will be lifted.

On Saturday four friends were fined for travelling from Bristol to Sheffield for a “spot of shopping”.

They were caught and given Fixed Penalty Notices by South Yorkshire Police, reports Yorkshire Live.

Officers also found four men driving from Bristol to Gloucestershire in a Golf claiming they were picking up a motorbike even though they did not have a helmet.

On Sunday Cotswolds police dished out tickets and warnings when they found tourists visiting the popular Bourton-on-the-Water but not a lot of exercising going on.

A motorcyclist travelling from outside the area crashed after misjudging the exit slip road on the M5 on Saturday night

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