Lewis Brown, 18, was arrested by Thames Valley Police after visiting his vulnerable mother to give her money, the Times reported.
But the officers charged him with offences under paragraph 67 of the Coronavirus Act, which only relates to potentially infectious people in Wales.It beggars belief, doesn't it? Still, the courts will provide a vital check on such abuses of...
The teenager pleaded guilty when he appeared at Oxford magistrates’ court on April 20, two days after his arrest.
District judge Kamlesh Rana fined him £100 and ordered him to pay £119 in a victim surcharge and costs.*sighs*
Thames Valley Police confirmed they had incorrectly charged Mr Brown and the case would be withdrawn.How good of them! Is a grovelling apology to be made as well?
A spokesman said: “Our officers are out in our communities protecting the public and the NHS by engaging, explaining, and encouraging members of the public to abide with the government guidance. However, where they have seen non-compliance they have looked to use enforcement.
“We can confirm that in this instance Mr Brown was arrested and incorrectly charged under the Coronavirus Act and was convicted after he pleaded guilty to the offence. The Crown Prosecution Service is currently reviewing this case with a view to it being withdrawn.
“Any new legislation brings its own challenges, especially when operating in such challenging times and our officers and staff will continue to work tirelessly to protect the public by helping to reduce the spread of coronavirus.”That's it? 'It's really difficult to know which legislation applies where'..? FFS!