Nine police officers fined for having breakfast together and breaking Covid rules 1 month ago

Nine police officers fined for having breakfast together and breaking Covid rules

The officers were spotted in a cafe by a member of the public

Nine police officers have been fined for breaching Covid rules while on duty.

The officers - all from the Metropolitan Police - have been fined £200 each, for having breakfast together at a cafe.

They were spotted eating together at 9am in the morning in a cafe near the River Thames earlier this month, with England a week into the third lockdown.

The officers were reported by IT manager Brian Jennings.

"We noticed in the first lockdown and again today that regularly, first thing in the morning, there will be half-a-dozen squad cards outside and every table full of police officers having breakfast in there," Jennings told MailOnline.

"You read about people getting fined and it seems hypocritical as it looks like there is little social distancing in the cafe."

"I find the regular and continued flouting of social distancing and lockdown regulations by the police hypocritical and foolish at this time when the infection rates in Greenwich borough are among the highest in the UK."

MailOnline also published pictures of the officers in the cafe. Apart from the fines, they will face no further punishment, but have been told 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," said Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin, South East Commander.

"It is disappointing that on this occasion, these officers have fallen short of that expectation. It is right that they will pay a financial penalty and that they will be asked to reflect on their choices."

On Tuesday, it was announced that the UK has had its deadliest ay of the pandemic, with 1,610 people having died after testing positive for coronavirus. Britain also has the highest fatality rate in the world.