Seven share £1,760 court bill for flouting Covid rules in shops, buses and on Northampton street

Man, 53, fined for participating in outdoor gathering TWICE in three weeks

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:09 am

Northampton magistrates fined seven people a total of £1,760 for various Covid-19 offences at a hearing last week.

One of the seven, Andrew Painter, landed a £688 court bill for participating in a gathering of two or more people TWICE in November last year.

Three were fined £220 each for failing to wear face coverings on buses and three more for not wearing face coverings in shops.

Anybody found breaching Covid-19 regulations has been liable for a £200 fixed penalty notice since September last year — although that is reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days. Those who do not pay within 28 days face being taken to court.

The National Police Chiefs Council revealed Northamptonshire Police issued 2,756 Covid-related Fixed Penalty notices up to March 14, although updated figures are due to be released later this week.

■ Frusiini Basile, aged 41, of Johnson Court, Northampton, did not wear a face covering on an X60 bus on November 4, 2020. He was fined £220.00 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

■ Nicu Botnari, aged 25, of The Headlands, Northampton, did not wear a face covering on a Local bus service on October 22, 2020. He was fined £220.00 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

Face coverings have been mandatory in shops and on public transport since last year with £200 fines for those who flout the rules.
Face coverings have been mandatory in shops and on public transport since last year with £200 fines for those who flout the rules.

■ Maxamed Cabdi, of Alliston Gardens, Northampton, contravened a direction to wear a face covering when entering a Co-op shop on October 19, 2020. He was fined £220.00 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

■ Matthew James Crawford, aged 35, of Watson Road, Long Buckby, entered Aldi, Daventry, without wearing a face covering. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

■ Jason Keenan, aged 44, of Prentice Court, Northampton, contravened a direction to wear a face covering when entering a Co-op shop on October 19, 2020. He was fined £220.00 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

■ Andrew Michael Painter, aged 53, of Main Road, Far Cotton, participated in a gathering in a public outdoor place which consisted of more than two people on November 9. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

■ Andrew Michael Painter, aged 53, of Main Road, Far Cotton, also participated in a gathering in a public outdoor place which consisted of more than two people on November 28. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

■ Ionut Pandele, aged 22, of Cambria Crescent, Northampton, used a bus without wearing a face covering on October 22, 2020. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £124 in court costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

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