Police have handed out COVID fines to 4 people – including 2 men from Hertfordshire – and have seized Class B drugs after a car was stopped in Newport yesterday (Sunday).

At around 14:20, officers spoke with the occupants of a BMW 3-series at Newport Harbour Car Park at Newport Quay.

It soon became apparent that COVID regulations had been breached as there were 4 people inside the vehicle, 3 men and 1 woman aged in their 20s. Unsurprisingly, all 4 were reported for summons in relation to a fixed penalty notice for breach of the COVID regulations.

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Officers went on to arrest 2 people for possession of a Class B drug.

Jamahl Broadbent, 24, of York Road in Stevenage, Hertfordshire has been charged with obstructing police and possession of a class B drug. He has been bailed to appear at Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on 16th February.

A 26-year-old man from Hertfordshire was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug but the matter has been dealt with by means of Community Resolution.

It’s thought that 2 of the 4 people fined live on the Isle of Wight, but were in breach for meeting 2 people from other households socially.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

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“We would like to remind everyone that we all need to play our part in adhering to the government restrictions in order to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

“The message is simple, you should be staying at home. It’s vital that everyone understands this and observes the restrictions in place.

“Robust enforcement action will be taken by police as required, where blatant breaches in public places or private premises are reported to us”.

UPDATE JUNE 2021 – Mr Broadbent appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court, however, the case of obstructing PC Neill was dismissed as the prosecution offered no evidence.

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For the offence of possession of a Class B drug, Broadbent was fined £120 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £34. The cannabis was forfeited.

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