BRITISH authorities took the clampdown on those defying the coronavirus protocols to new heights this week with drastic action that involved fining nine Metropolitan Police officers for breaching the rules after they met in a cafe while on duty.
Pictures emerged online showing the officers, from the South East Basic Command Unit, eating at The Chef House Kitchen Cafe, Greenwich, on January 9. In a drastic response, all nine officers have been issued with a £200 fixed penalty notice.
Chief Superintendant Rob Atkin, said: “It is right that they will pay a financial penalty and that they will be asked to reflect on their choices. Police officers are tasked with enforcing the legislation that has been introduced to stop the spread of the virus and the public rightly expect that they will set an example through their own actions. It is disappointing that on this occasion, these officers have fallen short of that expectation.”
Apparently, the group of policemen were spotted by a member of the public in the Greenwich cafe while their patrol vehicles were parked outside. Under current rules, cafes and restaurants are only allowed to provide a takeaway service.