UPDATED: VOLUNTEERS FINED £100 FOR ‘NON ESSENTIAL’ MAINTENANCE AT FOOTBALL CLUB

A group of volunteers who spent their Saturday afternoon giving Ventnor Football Club a spruce up have been fined £100 each after they claim a disgruntled dog walker reported them to the authorities.

With no Saturday action on the pitch, volunteers decided to make use of their time by picking up a paint brush to redecorate part of the clubhouse.

However, the gesture of goodwill has cost each of them £100 after the Police were called by a concerned member of the public.

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Although socially distanced – with 6 people in a 200sqm building – and undertaking volunteering, Police have said that the work being carried out was not essential maintenance and therefore does not qualify as being permitted under the coronavirus regulations.

Taking to social media, one of the group has said:

“If you walk your dog up Ventnor Football Club and think it’s okay to report people that are volunteering their free time to paint the football club to the police, please never walk your dog up there again!”

The fines are expected to be appealed but in the meantime a Go Fund Me fundraiser has been created to help the 6 pay their fines totalling £600. If their appeal is successful, the money will be donated to the club instead. You can find the fundraiser at https://www.gofundme.com/f/ventnor-football-club.

Earlier today Island Echo reported that Police were moving along Islanders enjoying the sunshine in Shanklin.

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UPDATE MONDAY – The fines against the 6 individuals have been officially dropped. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/police-drop-fines-against-group-painting-at-ventnor-football-club/.

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Mrs T
Mrs T
5 months ago

Sick and tired of the small minded miserable people that live here. Get a life!

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
5 months ago

This is SOOOOOOOOOO stupid. I hope that dog walker is feeling ashamed of themselves right now. The police are getting powered crazed I feel, telling people in Shanklin not to stop and eat ice cream and now this. Ludicrous in the extreme.

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  Jack in the Box
5 months ago

Yea . Come on Police. Ok so they broke the rules. All you had to do was remind them of this, tell them to clear up and go home. £100 fine. If they had come back or been abusive, fair enough. There’s no consistency. Were the ice cream eaters fined?
On my walk just before lunch there were two family’s on the beach having a picnic. ??? Please stick to the rules were not home and dry yet

Big Ben
Big Ben
5 months ago

Beyond belief. No words!

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
5 months ago

The police are over stepping their authority. Go and fine all the chavs out on skateboards in the hover craft car park and riding the wrong way against the traffic along Ryde esplanade and crack heads bawling and shouting at each other in the town.

R. Piszczek
R. Piszczek
Reply to  Gaz B.Sc.
5 months ago

No money in fining chavs.

Stephen
Stephen
Reply to  R. Piszczek
5 months ago

no money full stop the council took it all

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
Reply to  R. Piszczek
5 months ago

No exactly R so to my mind ordinary people are being victimized and the chavs are being encouraged to break the law by the law not acting.

Simon
Simon
5 months ago

I’m getting fed up with all the “go fund me” appeals.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Simon
5 months ago

Well said simon – most are just sponging chancers

MikeW
MikeW
Reply to  Simon
5 months ago

I’m fed up with nosey-dog walkers and Police who forget about how society needs to live during this pandemic.

Carl
Carl
5 months ago

Camera now installed by castle be warned

tommy
tommy
5 months ago

fine these people but do nothing about the people selling drugs from the crown pub in ryde what a freaking joke

John Doe
John Doe
5 months ago

Was the dog walker a Wroxall FC fan?

Joe Mackenzie
Joe Mackenzie
5 months ago

I wouldn’t pay the made up fine.. okay lads but you’ve got to leave, no instead let’s make some money out of these young men. Good old policing at it’s best.

Jake
Jake
5 months ago

Just refuse to pay them, they are unlawful and abs ridiculous anyway.

Ben
Ben
5 months ago

Remember people you can have ice cream down the beach but you can’t paint COVID knows the difference and will get you

Mandy
Mandy
5 months ago

Island echo, why have the posts about fining holiday makers been taken down.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
Reply to  Mandy
5 months ago

tourist board influence?

Mandy
Mandy
Reply to  Jack in the Box
5 months ago

Yeah, that and somebody else!

J Reynolds
J Reynolds
5 months ago

Isn’t this called work, Special constables have been working I’m sure and thier services are notnecessarily essential… fine them too.

Rebel
Rebel
5 months ago

Don’t pay the fines, they will get thrown out of court, not lawful. 250+ arrests over covid,not one conviction! Unlawful.

John
John
5 months ago

Typical nosey interfering islanders. Covid will always be around, so stop the stupidity and abolish lockdown. If you are that worried then continue with the ridiculous lockdown yourselves

Fuck You Boris
Fuck You Boris
Reply to  John
5 months ago

Exactly, Everyone needs to stop acting so stupid and carry on as normal as I do. Sick of all this crap by closing shops and gyms which they think are “non essential”. Yes they are essential. What gives them the right to decide what’s essential and what isn’t as some things are essential to some people and not others. Boris can go and F off.

tipper
tipper
5 months ago

Maybe the police should go to the ferry terminals and stop the visitors coming over and hand out a fine to the ferry companies

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
5 months ago

I thought Police policy was to “communicate and re-educate”, not “criminalise and alienate”?

Perhaps our highly-paid but utterly invisible Police and Crime Commissioner would care to tell us what guidance he has issued?

Mr G
Mr G
5 months ago

Mr or Mrs dog walker should get a life and do some volunteering instead of criticising others doing a great job for the community.

Disconbobulated
Disconbobulated
5 months ago

Wow ? I’ve just comes and pasted from the G O V website….

Where and when you can meet in larger groups
There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances will be included in the regulations, and includes:

for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to do so from home.

Disconbobulated
Disconbobulated
5 months ago

Where and when you can meet in larger groups
There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances will be included in the regulations, and includes:

for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to do so from home.

Stephen
Stephen
Reply to  Disconbobulated
5 months ago

post this on the police facebook page and re-educate them
i dont have face book or id do it.

Noddyiow
Noddyiow
Reply to  Disconbobulated
5 months ago

That’s how I read it,can’t find anything that stipulates what sort of voluntary work

Fuck You Boris
Fuck You Boris
5 months ago

Sad sad person, they need to get a life and stop interfering in others lives. Plus fining people is BULLYING by jobsworth idiots

Oot Ragus
Oot Ragus
5 months ago

After World War 2 in France, snitches /collaborators had their heads shaved and were paraded through the streets. …just saying!

Gary Kirby
Gary Kirby
5 months ago

Never stand up in court, keeping their distance and exercising with a paint brush is not an offence. Have all Police gone power crazy. What happened to common sense. The dog walker was not essential either.

Nicki
Nicki
5 months ago

All fines that have been issued have been found to be unlawful. How small minded are the police?

Love the IOW
Love the IOW
5 months ago

Reminiscent of Nazi Germany

Mike Ridge
Mike Ridge
5 months ago

I am disgusted with the dog walkers who throw their poo bags in hedges or just leave them on the beach walls. Dirty peasants. Shanklin beach is full of the stuff like else were on the island. Bring back paid dog wardens. The council has the money.

Shanklin Steve
Shanklin Steve
5 months ago

I hope the same dog walker is going to inform the Police that the ferry companies have been breaking the lockdown rules allowing Holiday makers over here on their ferries and get them fined £100 for every person/vehicle carried to the island?

6 fingered islander
6 fingered islander
Reply to  Shanklin Steve
5 months ago

What law have the ferry companies broken…there are no laws relating to covid!!
Not one single prosecution brought through courts as of 12.48 on 1st march.
Strange that huh??!!!

Shanklin Steve
Shanklin Steve
Reply to  6 fingered islander
5 months ago

I said lockdown rules not law, but I do accept where you are coming from. It needed Policing at The mainland ports and those breaking the rules issued with the £100 penalty and turned away.

The oracle
The oracle
5 months ago

This type of action is probably why the Isle of Wight now has one of the lowest infection rates in the UK now. Keep it up and keep us safe.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

Yet mums get to have pick nicks in the playgrounds whilst mixing freely with many other households.

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