THREE people were fined for breaking lockdown restrictions by magistrates in Worcester this week. 

All three were found guilty at Worcester Justice Centre of flunking tier 4 rules in March this year.

This comes after MPs on the Joint Committee on Human Rights argued that the system for fining individuals who had broken the government's Covid restrictions was "muddled, discriminatory and unfair".

In a statement released earlier this year, they said that although it was right to punish flagrant breaches of the rules, a "lack of legal clarity" amidst ever-changing restrictions meant that there could have been a lot of wrongly issued fines. 

Those given fixed penalty notices by police mean people can either pay a penalty - between £200 and £10,000 - or opt to face a criminal prosecution.

Here are the people that faced legal action for breaches of restrictions in Worcester this week.

Mark Penman

Penman was slapped with a £569 fine for attending an indoor gathering of more than two people in. a Tier 4 area.

The 42-year-old, from Elderflower Coppice, Pershore was found guilty of attending the gathering on Sunday, March 7 at an apartment in Bridgewater House on Blackpole Road. 

He'll have to pay a fine of £440, fixed costs of £95 and an additional £34 to fund victim services. 

Keeley Bradshaw 

Bradshaw, of Hillside Close, Worcester was found guilty of attending an indoor gathering of more than two people on Friday, March 5 despite Tier 4 lockdown restrictions being in place at the time. 

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to attending the gathering, which took place at an address in Cedar Avenue, Worcester.

She was fined a total of £209 at Worcester Justice Centre on Tuesday, October 12.

Magistrates said the defendant's guilty plea was considered when imposing the sentence.

Darius Dee

19-year-old Dee was fined a total of £349 by magistrates at Worcester Justice Centre on Tuesday, October 12 for travelling to Honeybourne from Evesham during Tier 4 lockdown restrictions.

The bench ruled that Dee, of Ellison Close, Evesham travelled between the two areas on Saturday, March 6 'without reasonable excuse'.

No plea was entered by the defendant, who was not required to attend court while the decision was made.

He'll now have to pay a fine of £220, fixed costs of £94 and a further £34 to fund victim services.