More Fines for Glastonbury protesters

Police have increased their number of patrols in and around Glastonbury. This follows an illegal protest on 5 November against lockdown rules. Under the current rules, no more than 2 people can take part in a protest during the lockdown.

Local protests in Glastonbury have continued and Avon & Somerset police have continued to take action against those breaking the law.

That action has included identifying eight people from the 5 November protest £200 each. It was estimated some 80 people took part. A ninth person, James Barr, 33 and of no fixed address, has also been charged with taking part. He appeared before magistrates at Yeovil Magistrates Court on Friday (13 November).

Two other people have been fined £400 for having been present at more than one protest.

In a message to the townsfolk Sergeant Simon Lancey noted “The vast majority of people who live in and around Glastonbury understand why these restrictions are necessary. There is however a small minority of people in the town who wrongly think the legislation should not apply to them. The actions we’ve seen from a small number of people in Glastonbury in recent days – attending gatherings, and protests of more than two people – have not been allowed to go unchallenged. High-visibility patrols will continue to be carried out in Glastonbury over the coming days, including by our new COVID team.

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