Reveller claimed he walked from Doncaster to Worksop for lockdown street party

A reveller who claimed he walked from Doncaster to Worksop for a street party at the height of lockdown last year has been issued with a fine, magistrates have heard.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 9:56 pm

Police were called to George Street, at 9.55pm, on November 16, last year, "when there were extreme restrictions on people's movements during the pandemic," said prosecutor Sanjay Jerath.

As they arrived a group of five people scattered "in all directions", but officers caught up with Marcus Fox and Ricky Mills.

"They said they had walked from Doncaster to Worksop to visit friends, but didn’t know their friend’s address," Mr Jerath said.

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They denied driving there in a Mitsubishi Shogun which was parked nearby, even though it was insured to Fox and he had the keys.

The pair were issued with £200 fixed penalty notices, but when Fox failed to pay, he was summonsed to court.

Representing himself, Fox said he had "no reason" for not complying with the regulations, but claimed the paperwork he received gave no indication of how it should be paid.

Fox, 28, of Beverley Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, admitted participating in a gathering in a public place, when he appeared before Mansfield magistrates, on Thursday.

He was fined £200, and ordered to pay a £34 surcharge and £85 costs.

Mills, 29, of Guildford Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, failed to attend court.

Magistrates heard that Mills is currently serving a two-year prison sentence at HMP Moorlands, after he was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court, on March 21.

His charge was withdrawn.

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