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US News First person arrested for breaching coronavirus restrictions at train station is fined

14:55  01 april  2020
14:55  01 april  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A woman who was the first person to be arrested on the railways for breaching coronavirus restrictions has been fined £660.

Marie Dinou, 41, from York, was found "loitering between platforms" at Newcastle Central station at around 8am on Saturday.

Officers called to the station approached Dinou and attempted to explain the reasons behind government rules behind essential travel during the pandemic.

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However, Dinou refused to speak to offers despite their encouragement for her to leave and she was subsequently arrested on suspicion of travel fraud and breaching the restrictions imposed under the new Coronavirus Act 2020.

She appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Monday and was fined £660 for failing to comply with the requirements set out in the act.

Dinou was also ordered to pay a £66 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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“In this case, officers tried their upmost best to engage with Dinou. I can assure you we would much rather not have to take such action.

“We strongly urge the public to do the right thing and help us save lives by staying at home and slowing the spread of the virus.”

Under schedule 21 of the Coronavirus Act, it is illegal to fail to comply with the instructions of police officers without reasonable excuse.

The maximum penalty is a fine of £1,000.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

Coronavirus: closure of beaches, mountains and French forests .
Coronavirus: closure of beaches, mountains and French forests © Janos Gaspar / 123RF Closure of all beaches in France Parks and gardens are already closed. There are still still a lot of people on the beaches of France. This is why some elected officials had to tighten the traffic restrictions. Citizens must stay as long as possible at home, for their safety and that of others. Access to and circulation on several beaches in the territory are therefore prohibited.

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