A man caught visiting a brothel during lockdown is among hundreds of people who have been fined for breaking Covid rules in Kent.

A total of 729 people across the county were issued fines ranging from £200 to £1,000 for rule breaches including hosting house parties, breaking travel regulations or going to public places while infected with the virus.  

The brothel customer was caught in Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey last Friday.

Hours later three women were rumbled trying to hide in cupboards after returning to a late-night party broken up by police.

One admitted testing positive for coronavirus three days before the gathering, on January 16, in Dartford.



On the same night police also shut down a gathering in Canterbury attended by 20 people – handing fines to two men and a woman.

Meanwhile a supermarket shopper who refused to wear a mask was fined after ‘behaving antisocially’ in Herne Bay last Friday evening.

Officers were called to the store after reports of a disturbance when the woman is said to have become aggressive.

Another woman in Folkstone stopped by police on January 16 on patrol admitted she should be self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 three days earlier.

It comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel last night announced a new £800 fine for those attending house parties.

The measures will come into force next week and the fine will double for each repeated offence up to a maximum of £6,400, in an effort to crackdown on people defying the rules.

Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable, Claire Nix, warned officers would take action against those who show a ‘blatant disregard’ for the rules.

‘We remain in critical times and whilst the NHS have been remarkable in what they have achieved, they are still dealing with an overwhelming amount of seriously ill patients,’ she said.

‘The limitations posed by lockdown are difficult for everyone and it is testament to the people of Kent that the vast majority of residents have changed their way of life to help stop the spread of this virus and protect the most vulnerable within the community.

‘I would like to thank these people for making such sacrifices, which will not only take the strain off the NHS, but ultimately save lives.’



She urged people not to become complacent as the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out.

‘The virus remains deadly to many and it is crucial that we all do what we can to protect others and prevent overwhelming our hospitals,’ she added.

‘Officers will continue to patrol the county, explaining, engaging and encouraging people to adhere to the regulations. They will take action against those who show a blatant disregard for others by holding parties or going out when they have a positive Coronavirus test.’

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