Nine Metropolitan Police officers have been fined for breaching Covid-19 legislation while on duty.
Photos shared online earlier this month showed a group of uniformed officers seated at indoors having their breakfast together in South East London.
The passer-by took a snap of the officers as they sat indoor on January 9 when the coronavirus restrictions prevent anyone from sitting and eating in such venues, and we are only permitted to meet one person from different another household in an outdoor space while social distancing.
Following an investigation, the officers involved were issued with fixed penalty notices of £200 each.
Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin, South East BCU Commander, said: “Police officers are tasked with enforcing the legislation that has been introduced to stop the spread of the virus and the public rightly expect that they will set an example through their own actions.
“It is disappointing that on this occasion, these officers have fallen short of that expectation. It is right that they will pay a financial penalty and that they will be asked to reflect on their choices.”