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Police issue seven COVID fines in Margate after huge emergency response

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent Police have issued fines to seven people who had gathered in an address in Margate.

Officers initially showed up at a property in Vicarage Place in Thanet on Easter Friday (April 2) after reports people had been seen with a weapon.

On arrival, the police established it was an air weapon but still seized it for destruction.

However, the seven people in the address have been handed fines after breaching current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Kent Police confirmed that not all of the people found inside the property lived there and were therefore breaking guidelines.

Despite an easing of restrictions last week, current guidelines state that households are not allowed to mix indoors.

Only outdoors are six people allowed to meet, although that can be in a private garden.

Half a dozen police vans were at the scene

Pictures taken from the scene showed seven police vehicles, including two vans, outside on the street.

A full statement said: “Kent Police was called at around 7.20pm on Good Friday to a report that a group of people had been seen with a weapon inside a property in Vicarage Place, Margate.

Officers attended and established that it was an air weapon, which was seized for destruction as a precautionary measure.

The seven occupants of the address did not all live there and were therefore issued with fixed penalty notices for being in breach of current Covid-19 restrictions.”

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