Covid fines issued after police break up Shisha and takeaway meet on Leeds Road

Police said some people are 'jeapordising the announcemenet for relaxing lockdown rules' - after dispersing a large group who met up to smoke Shisha and eat takeaways.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 7:19 am
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 7:24 am

A large number of people were found to be breaking Covid restrictions in the car park on Leeds Road, Bradford, on Saturday night (February 27).

Officers from Bradford East Neighbourhood Policing Team and Bradford Council issued a number of fines after being called to reports of the meetup.

Police said the meeting was 'not a reasonable excuse' to be out in the current lockdown.

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People given Covid fines after police disperse Shisha and takeaway meetup on Leeds Road
People given Covid fines after police disperse Shisha and takeaway meetup on Leeds Road

The force said the people are 'jeapordising the recent announcement for relaxing lockdown rules.

Police will continue to patrol the area to break up further breaches, the force added.

In a statement posted on social media, West Yorkshire Police said: "Yesterday evening, Bradford East NPT & Bradford Council have issued a number of fines for Covid-19 breaches on Leeds Road.

"A large number of people were found to be out during lockdown and meeting with other households to smoke shisha & eat takeaways.

People given Covid fines after police disperse Shisha and takeaway meetup on Leeds Road

"This is NOT a reasonable excuse to be out in the current lockdown.

"These people are jeapordising the government's most recent announcement for relaxing the lockdown rules.

"NPT officers will continue to actively patrol the area & take positive action for any further breaches that are found."