Granny grassed up for having a cuppa!

A pensioner was left shocked after getting a warning for breaching coronavirus regulations.

Granny grassed up for having a cuppa!: She had been enjoying a cuppa with neighbours in a communal garden. She said it was all socially distanced. In an interview with ITV news Lesley Magovern said her mother had been watching television at 9.45pm when there was a knock at the door at her home in Charlton Kings. She was shocked to find police on her doorstep warning her about breaking COVID regulations.

Ms Magovern said in the interview “It was very late and she wondered really who it could be. My mother is quite deaf and she asked who it was and she thought the voice said ‘It’s me’. Then mother assumed it was in fact me and she then opened the door. There were two officers stood there, a man and a woman with masks on and they asked if they could come in and speak to her.

They did not show her any identification so she just trusted the uniform and she was quite frightened. My mother has never been in trouble with the police in her life.”

The pensioner was warned and told next time she was caught there would be a fine. Ms Magovern and her mother have been left stunned they said.

Later, Gloucestershire Police were contacted for comment. Ms Magovern said “I cannot believe the police traveled from Gloucester to Charlton Kings so late for something so ridiculous.” A spokesperson for the department said police responded to a call about an apparent COVID breach at 1.30pm on Tuesday 9th March.

It was reported that a group were gathered from many households in a garden. The spokesperson said “Covid response officers attended later that day at around 9.45pm where some residents were spoken to and given words of advice around current restrictions.

Officers are deployed to incidents based on an assessment of the threat, risk and harm of the incident and in this case officers who are part of the Covid response team and are deployed across the county attended later that evening.”


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