COVID-19: Police to stop issuing £10,000 ‘super fines’ over concerns they can be challenged in court

The National Police Chiefs’ Council is recommending officers issue a court summons rather than a straight fixed penalty notice.

By Mark White, home affairs correspondent

Image:Police on patrol during coronavirus restrictions. File pic

Police forces are to stop issuing COVID-19 “super fines” in England and Wales over concerns the £10,000 fixed penalty can be challenged in court.


The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is issuing guidance to chief constables, recommending their officers issue a court summons rather than a straight fixed penalty notice.

One of England’s most senior police and crime commissioners has said he is “thoroughly embarrassed” by the confusion surrounding one of the government’s key powers to stop mass gatherings during the coronavirus emergency.

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson has now written to policing minister Kit Malthouse, demanding clarification over the fines.

The fixed penalty notices were introduced in September, allowing police to heavily fine the organisers of raves and other mass gatherings.

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”.

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