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Wiltshire Council issues first fixed penalty notice to Trowbridge licensee for breach of COVID regulations

Licensee of a Trowbridge premises has been issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice

Published 25 January 2021
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The licensee of a Trowbridge premises has been issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice (FPN) by Wiltshire Council for failing to comply with COVID regulations.

The licensed premises, Trowbridge Sports Bar, was visited by officers from Wiltshire Police on New Year's Eve, who found a small group of people attending a private party.

The evidence collected at the time by the police officers was shared with Wiltshire Council's licensing team, who then issued the FPN under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations for failing to close the licensed premises, as was required because Wiltshire was in Tier 3 at the time. The council has spoken to the licensee, who has admitted the offence.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "Of course, issuing fixed penalty notices to Wiltshire businesses for breaches of COVID legislation is not something we want to do, and it is a last resort.

"In this case, our officers had already discussed breaches of the COVID regulations with this licensee, and they had already received both verbal and written warnings for non-compliance previously, so after this breach we had no choice but to issue a fixed penalty notice.

"We will always take the view that talking to businesses and explaining where they may have breached regulations is the right way to approach this, but when we do have repeat offenders, we will not hesitate to issue fixed penalty notices, and in extreme cases, use some of the other measures available to us.

"This case highlights the excellent partnership working between our officers and Wiltshire Police, and I would like to pay tribute to the officers of both organisations for their collaboration in these challenging times."

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