FOUR people have been fined this month for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

Here is a round up of those who have been fined by magistrates in County Durham this month in relation to coroavirus regulations.

  • Christopher Paul Owers, 36, of Ash Street, Langley Park, in County Durham, was left with a bill of £1,148 after failing to self-isolate after returning from Turkey.

He returned from the country on October 12, 2020 but failed to self-isolate as required by the law.

He had denied the charge but was found guilty at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on October 26, 2021.

He was fined £480, told to pay a victim surcharge of £48 and costs of £620.

  • Brittany Nicole Wise, 22, of Haughton Road, Darlington, will have to pay £264 after having a party with more than 30 people during lockdown.

The gathering of more than 30 people happened on February 3 at her home in Haughton.

She was given a £120 fine when she appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on October 14.

She pleaded guilty and was also told to pay costs of £110 and a victim surcharge of £34.

  • Karl Ellwood, of Park Terrace, Horden was fined £660 for continuing to run his business during lockdown.

He was found guilty of opening Ed’s Gym and Fitness Centre, in Horden, on February 11, January 29 and February 2 in breach of coronavirus regulations.

The case was proved in his absence at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on October 19.

He was fined £660 for each breach, told to pay costs of £717.29 and a victim surcharge of £190, given him a bill of £2,887.29


  • Lisa Chipchase was fined £660 for failing to close a non-essential business in a tier 4 area.

She runs Sir Thomas Barbers in Front Street, West Auckland.

The business was found to be operating on January 30, during lockdown.

The case was proved in her absence at Peterlee Magistrates Court’ on October 19.

She was fined £660, given £66 victim surcharge and costs of £300.

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