Fines for Bridgwater “gathering”
Police issued fines to 6 men in Bridgwater yesterday (30 September). There were a group of eight men Blake Gardens, Bridgwater. This breached the current COVID 19 law against gatherings of more than 6 people in public spaces. Initially they were asked by Police to disperse at 6.45pm.
Returning to the Blake Gardens at 8.25 the Police found they had ignored the request to disperse. Six of the men found there were issued with fines of £200 each. However two of the men made off when they saw the Police returning. Officers are now trying to identify the men so that two further fixed penalty fines can be issued to them.
Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage from the area as part of their efforts to identify the other two men.
The Police were keen to point out that this incident was unusual. Usually when they do have reason to speak with people, they listen to explanation of the regulations and disperse without further incident.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Joe Piscina told us “If members of the public are concerned that the law is being broken or they are experiencing anti-social behaviour, they can report this to us and we will consider the most appropriate response, targeting the most problematic behaviour. Reports should be made through online reporting wherever possible, and 999 should only be used in an emergency.”