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MetiNews.Com - From illegal raves to a pub brawl - the incidents where people have flouted lockdown rules
Breaking News ! They are the 'covidiots' who believe the rules don't apply to them. Mindless rulebreakers who have flouted the rules designed to keep us as safe as possible from the killer virus. And time after time, they've been caught red-handed. Some were fighting, others flouting orders to quarantine or self-isolate. And their daft actions have done little to stop our region's sky-high infection rate. It has left the North East teetering on the brink of being plunged into Tier 3 restrictions - which could mean pubs closed and overnight stays banned. While politicians managed to secure a one week reprieve, the Government say there must be an improvement - otherwise tougher rules will likely follow. And these are just some of those who should hang their head in shame should that happen. Grey's Court Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now It was dubbed a "prime example of why a second lockdown will happen". And footage shot this week showed dozens of revellers pouring out of Greys Court as they hugged and danced in the street. Some in the clip were seen jumping and waving their mobile phones in the air as the 10pm curfew approached on Tuesday evening. The lane where the scenes were captured leads to Greys Club, which reopened for "socially distanced events" at the end of August. Bosses claimed the group may have been huddling together to avoid the rain, but on ChronicleLive, the group were dubbed "brainless" by one reader. The shopping trip As shopping trips go, it was pretty costly. But that was the price one rulebreaker had to pay after she was caught hitting the high street - when she should have been quarantining following a holiday. Northumbria Police fined the woman £1,000, the same punishment it imposed on a different woman who didn't self-isolate despite testing positive. Speaking of the fines, Assistant Chief Constable Scott Hall said: "There are still individuals who think it is acceptable to breach the rules imposed on us all." The 500 'covidiots' Northumbria Police revealed recently how officers had been called out to over 500 incidents of alleged rule-breaking in just a fortnight. Almost a third of the 503 incidents resulted in a fine for the culprit, with police admitting there had been a "significant increase" in the number of fines compared to earlier on in lockdown. It was part of a “more robust approach to enforcement activity” implemented by the force in recent weeks. Read More Related Articles Four staff members at Miller & Carter in Newcastle test positive for coronavirus Read More Related Articles 'We all have a part to play' - Plea as North East wins reprieve from Tier 3 House parties It arguably doesn't get much more mind-boggling than this. However, a party appeared to have been thrown in Jesmond - despite one guest knowingly having Covid-19. People were heard shouting "happy birthday", and one person appeared to tell guests to come in "at your own risk" Guests were spotted fleeing out the back door as police arrived. Illegal raves Around 150 teenagers descended on the Town Moor back in June for an illegal lockdown rave.
. However, due to the rules at the time, organisers escaped with a dressing down. Under laws introduced since, they could have faced a £10,000 fine. Pub brawl
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A huge crowd flouted lockdown rules to watch an "organised" fight near a Newcastle pub. Shocking footage showed two men wearing boxing gloves fighting in front of dozens of screaming spectators in Walker. The fight was streamed on Facebook Live, with footage showing a boxer knock his foe down to the ground near The Crockets Hotel.. Both the crowd and the combatants flout social distancing rules during what officers suspect was an "organised" fight. Northumbria Police received multiple calls about the fight and officers launched an investigation. However, no action was ultimately taken. Surfers Captured on camera, surfers were spotted flouting the stay at home rules and risking their lives by taking to the waves at Tynemouth. Over the Easter weekend, the fine weather brought out the surfers despite the coronovirus lockdown. Northumbria Police turned up as they pushed out the message to stay away from the beach.
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Northumberland worm diggers Two men from Newcastle flouted lockdown rules - to dig for worms on a Northumberland beach. The pair were said to have made the "certainly non-essential" 100 mile round trip to the Emblestones at Low Newton. Teams from coastguard rescue teams from Howick, Humber and Seahouses were deployed after torch lights were seen on the rocks. On arrival, the rescuers discovered "two males who were digging for worms during the low water period". Both men were cautioned and "appropriate fines" issued. Backstreet barbers Councils hit barbers in Sunderland and Durham with warnings after allegedly offering haircuts - despite being banned from doing so. A warning to stop cutting people's overgrown locks was issued after Durham County Council received "community intelligence" that someone was giving haircuts from a house in Murton. Barbers and hairdressers have been closed since Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent Britain into lockdown back in March to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
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A Freedom of Information request revealed that a written warning was sent to a private address at Station Estate South, in Murton, requesting it stops cutting hair. It is understood officers at Durham Constabulary were even involved in the discussions over what action would be taken before the warning was sent on April 27.
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