By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 07:53 GMT, 20 January 2021 | Updated: 08:06 GMT, 20 January 2021
Nine hypocritical Metropolitan Police officers have been fined £200 each after they were spotted by the public 'flouting' coronavirus curbs while tucking into breakfast together inside a London café during lockdown, it was revealed today.
A passer-by spotted several squad cars outside The Chef House Kitchen in Woolwich and took a photograph of the policemen and women tucking into their breakfasts despite a nationwide ban on indoor dining.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The images from Greenwich, which has one of the highest infection rates in the country, caused outrage as Britain sits in the middle of a third national lockdown where up to 1,600 people are dying every day.
There was also anger because Scotland Yard is in the midst of a crisis because about 1,700 Metropolitan Police staff are off sick or self-isolating.
Following an investigation into the incident on January 9, it was determined that the officers involved should be issued with fixed penalty notices to the value 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.'
A passer-by caught several squad cars outside The Chef House Kitchen while officers sat inside at 9am, despite a ban on gatherings and table service. Nine officers have been fined £200 each
Brian Jennings, 44, regularly walks past the cafe, near the Greenwich Patrol Base in south east London for exercise and saw them sitting inside eating
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