AS the House of Commons reels from the findings of the Sue Gray report and as the general public comb through the damning evidence, we’ve pulled together some of the biggest fines issued to North East people for breaking Covid rules.

Today, Sue Gray published a report on her findings of multiple lockdown parties that took place at Number 10 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Gray report gave details of gatherings at which officials drank so much they were sick, sang karaoke, became involved in altercations and abused security and cleaning staff at a time when millions of people across the country were unable to see friends and family.

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The report said the “senior leadership” in No 10 must “bear responsibility” for the culture which led to lockdown rules being broken at a series of events in 2020 and 2021.

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The Prime Minister faced fresh demands to resign after the report said the public would be “dismayed” by the behaviour uncovered.

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These are the North East people that were fined and charged after breaking lockdown rules.

Rachel Walton, of a Morton Farm, Middleton St George 

Walton’s case was heard before County Durham and Darlington Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 19.

She was charged with failing to ensure that customers, when ordering and consuming food, remained seated on May 22, 2021.

Walton pleaded guilty and was fined £1,300 as a result of the offence and was also made to pay £130 to victim services and £341 in court costs.

Kartik Debnath, 39, of Breckon Hill Road in Middlesbrough

Debnath’s case was heard at Greater Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday, March 7.

He was charged with arriving in the UK with a failed coronavirus test result on March 11 2021.

He was fined £1,760 for the offence and was also made to pay £176 to victim services and £90 in court costs.

Artem Filatov, 26 of Royal Avenue, Scarborough in North Yorkshire

Filatov’s case was heard before Greater Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday, March 14.

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He was charged with arriving in the UK with a failed Covid-19 test on March 21, 2021.

Filatov was fined £1,100 and made to pay £110 and £85 in court costs.

'Boris should go'

Back in December last year (2021) The Northern Echo reported that a woman who faced a fine of £10,000 for breaching lockdown rules "should go" over the Christmas party claims.

Vicki Hutchinson organised a balloon release in memory of her father-in-law, who died after contracting Covid-19, in November 2020.

The tanning salon owner, from Peterlee, had faced a £10,000 fixed penalty for holding an illegal gathering of more than 30 people, which was later reduced to £500.

Speaking after Boris Johnson apologised and a senior aide quit over the issue, she said: “I think it is absolutely disgusting. It is really bad.

“I don’t understand how they can get away with it – I go and release some balloons and I am up at court looking at a £10,000 fine.

“Something should happen to them. They should be fined and they can give the money to the NHS who have had to work through it all.”

She added: “I don’t think Boris Johnson should keep his job. What sort of example is he showing? How can he be chucking out fines to people like us?


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