COVID-19 Police to stop handing out £10K fines as they can be challenged in court

COVID-19 Police Officers are being told to stop issuing COVID-19 10K super fines over concerns that the fixed penalty can be challenged within the court.

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has issued guidance to chief constables recommending that officers instead issue a court summons rather than a straight fixed penalty notice.

The news leaves police forces confused as to how they can enforce the national coronavirus lockdown for those flouting the rules.

One of the England’s Police and Crime Commissioners has said he is “thoroughly embarrassed” by the situation relating to the government’s key powers to stop mass gatherings in England.

PCC David Jameson has now written a letter to the policing minister Kit Malthouse and has demanded clarification over the fines.

The fines were introduced as a way of preventing mass gatherings and illegal raves which swept across parts of England.

The NPCC said they had “advised all forces to temporarily take enforcement steps by way of a summons, rather than issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice to the value of £10,000”.

“We gave this advice because of a potential disparity between those who opt to pay the FPN and those who see their case reach court where the FPN would be means tested against personal income.”

The NPCC spokesperson said they were now urgently working with the government to rectify the situation.