POLICE DROP FINES AGAINST GROUP PAINTING AT VENTNOR FOOTBALL CLUB – Island Echo

Police say £ 600 fines have been officially dropped on a group of people who volunteered to renovate Ventnor Football Club.

As Island Echo first reported yesterday (Sunday), the group of 6 volunteers were beaten with a fine of £ 100 each while Ventnor FC received a spruce. An angry dog ​​walker reported them to the authorities.

At the time, the police were said to have told them that the volunteer work they were doing was not essential maintenance and was therefore not deemed acceptable under coronavirus regulations.

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The Hampshire Constabulary today confirmed the full set of circumstances of the situation and stated that all 6 fines have been disrupted.

A spokesman for the troop said:

“We were called to the sports center on Whitwell Road in Ventnor at around 4pm on Saturday, February 27th, after reports of people gathering to drink inside.

“Six men were originally reported by the officers present to be summoned in connection with fixed criminal charges for alleged violations of the current health protection regulations by meeting. The men complied and left the premises.

“Subsequent research has confirmed that the football club knew that the men were doing voluntary work, which is an exception to the regulations, to maintain the buildings in support of grassroots football. The men paused when an officer was present.

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“Based on the new information that has been confirmed, the men will no longer receive solid criminal charges.

“We would like to remind the public that while current national restrictions will apply until at least the end of March, people are advised to stay indoors and only leave for essential reasons. This includes leaving home for work or to provide voluntary or community service when it is not reasonably possible to do so from home. “

A fundraiser was set up to pay the group’s fines. The money is now to be donated to the Ventnor Football Club. Over £ 800 has been raised to date.

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