Pair having barbecue on Hove beach summoned to court after allegedly becoming abusive

Two people have been summoned to court after allegedly ignoring government rules to stay at home and having a barbecue on Hove beach on Saturday (April, 4) afternoon.

Despite repeated request to leave, officers said a the two locals, a 31-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, refused to go.

Police said they were both reported for summons to face charges of breaching the new coronavirus law, after reportedly becoming abusive to PCSOs and police officers.

The man was initially arrested after allegedly refusing to provide his details; he also allegedly had a cough according to officers, and asked for a mask so that he didn’t cough on them.

Both will be summonsed to attend court in due course.

As of today (April, 6) police said they’ve issued 10 fines in Sussex in relation to
coronavirus, but they don’t have a breakdown of specific dates or locations yet.

Officers thanked the majority who have observed the government advice and
stayed local while maintaining social distancing and travel guidelines.

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