A number of Sussex police officers are under investigation after being found on leave at a party that broke lockdown rules.
Up to 10 officers were reportedly discovered when their fellow duty officers showed up at a property in Hove on the evening of May 15.
This came two days before lockdown rules were relaxed to allow for limited indoor mixing. But even after the change, these gatherings were still limited to six people or two households.
A Sussex Police spokesperson confirmed that a “number of officers on leave” were found inside the property in violation of foreclosure rules, and that its professional standards department was investigating.
Chief Superintendent Nick May said, “We take COVID-related violations very seriously and are actively investigating this matter.
“The officers involved have not been suspended while the investigation continues.”
More than 340 fines of £ 10,000 have been imposed in England for organizing a rally of more than 30 people, according to data from the National Police Chiefs Council last week.
There have also been 3,275 fines of £ 800 for gatherings of more than 15 people since the start of the pandemic.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-02 12:49:00