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26/01/2021 17:16 GMT

31 Police Officers Handed Covid Fines For Getting Haircuts – At Police Station

Penalties of £200 issued for getting a trim from a barber while on duty.

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A group of 31 police officers have been reprimanded for breaching Covid-19 rules after getting their hair cut by a barber – while on duty at a police station.

The Metropolitan Police said the officers are facing £200 fines after all had trims from a professional hairdresser at Bethnal Green police station on January 17.

The two officers that organised the event are also under investigation for potential misconduct.

Local policing commander detective chief superintendent Marcus Barnett said: “It is deeply disappointing and frustrating that my officers have fallen short of the expectation to uphold Covid-19 regulations.

“Although officers donated money to charity as part of the haircut, this does not excuse them from what was a very poor decision. I expect a lot more of them.

“It is right therefore, officers should each face a £200 fine, as well as misconduct action for those two who organised this event.

“Quite rightly, the public expect police to be role models in following the regulations which are designed to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

“I hope this action proves that police are not immune to enforcement of the rules, and we are prepared as an organisation to take action if we see officers have behaved irresponsibly.”

Earlier this month in a separate breach, nine officers from the Met’s South East Basic Command Unit were fined after eating together in a cafe.

An investigation was launched after photos were posted online.