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Eleven covid rule breakers fined over £6,000

Eleven people who ignored the Coronavirus lockdown regulations in Gloucestershire by leaving their home addresses have been fined a total of £6,500.

Gloucestershire came under a number of lockdown restrictions throughout 2020 and the county was moved into Tier four - Stay at Home - on 12.01am on December 31 2020.

None of the 11 defendants who breached the government's lockdown restrictions and were summoned before Cheltenham Magistrates attended the hearings at the Nightingale court in Cirencester yesterday (September 7).

All were found guilty in their absence by presiding justice Richard Longstreth.

The court heard that Callum Blick, 18 of Middle Tynings, Nailsworth, left his home without a valid excuse on January 21, this year; Thomas Fontaine, 22, of Rosedale Avenue, Stonehouse participated in a public gathering of more than two people at the Shab Hill viewpoint at Birdlip without reasonable excuse, in breach of the emergency regulations, on January 23, 2021.

Denisa Gaziova, 31, of Alfred Street in Gloucester hosted a gathering of two or more people on January 7 this year, which included the visit of Melania Gaziova, 25 of Oxford Terrace in Gloucester; Latoyah Hawes, 20, hosted a gathering at her flat in Matson Avenue on New Year's eve 2020 which was attended by more than two people; Chloe Hudd, 19 of Kingsfield Leaze, Bradford on Avon was found visiting Cheltenham in breach of the regulations on January 20 this year without a valid excuse.

Brian Morris, 38 of Arnolds Way, Cirencester was stopped while visiting Bishops Cleave, near Cheltenham, without a reasonable excuse on January 28, 2021; Anthony O'Donnell, 48 of Middle Ground, Wheatley, Oxon was found to be visiting the Tewksbury area, which was also in tier four lockdown, without reasonable excuse on January 22, this year.

Frank Smith, 18 of Hygrove Lane, Minsterworth participated in a gathering at the C&G Roundabout on the A417 on November 12, 2020 with more than two other people, contravening the emergency regulations.

Blick, Fontaine, Denisa Gaziova, Melania Gaziova, Hawes, Hudd, Morris, O'Donnell and Smith were each fined £660 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £66.

The two defendants who did correspond with the court were given different sentences: Roy Cleal, 60 of Popes Close in Cheltenham had left his residence on January 21 this year and was stopped by police for leaving his tier four home address without reasonable excuse. Cleal was fined £440 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £44.

Harry Jones, 20 of Albert Avenue, Peasdown, Bath was stopped in Cheltenham on January 20, 2021 and he didn't have a valid excuse to be in this part of Gloucestershire during the lockdown. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £34.

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