By Emer Scully For Mailonline
Published: 00:23 BST, 3 October 2020 | Updated: 08:34 BST, 3 October 2020
The Met Police have served up one of London's first Covid curfew fines to a fast food restaurant which handed a burger to a customer at 10.04pm.
Three businesses were fined £1000 in East London as a 'multi-agency team' scanned the Ilford area for coronavirus rule breached on Thursday.
Bim's Burgers on Ilford Lane was slapped with a fine when a customer was served their food four minutes after the deadline, according to Rebridge MPS.
Bim's Burgers (pictured) on Ilford Lane was slapped with a fine when a customer was served their food four minutes after the deadline, according to Rebridge MPS
Police said that rules were breached by the business having one customer in its store waiting for his takeaway meal.
When the customer's receipt was inspected it showed the customer was served at 10pm 'on the dot' and 'staff were not handing the customer his food until 10.04pm.'
The owner's of Bim's burgers said that the incident 'was made in good faith' and with new rules regarding Covid-19 being 'made thick and fast' it sometimes it isn't 'clear exactly how they should be interpreted.'
In a statement from Bim's Burgers, a spokesperson said: 'We very much regret that our staff unknowingly breached the Government's 10pm curfew. A customer entered the restaurant a few minutes before 10pm, just as we were shutting up for the night. He was the only customer on the premises at that time.
'We began processing his food order before the curfew and his final receipt was printed at 10pm. Our staff were