British Transport Police make first arrest ‘of its kind’ at Newcastle Central Station for breaching coronavirus lockdown laws

The first arrest on the UK railway system for a breach of coronavirus laws has been made by British Transport Police at Newcastle Central Station.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 2:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 5:30 pm

British Transport Police (BTP) have made the first arrest “of its kind” for a breach in coronavirus restrictions at Newcastle Central Station.

Marie Dinou, 41, from York, was arrested at around 8am on Saturday, March 28 following reports of a lady “loitering between platforms”.

When officers approached her, Dinou refused to cooperate and would not give a reason for travelling.

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British Transport Police have made the first arrest under the new coronavirus laws at Newcastle Central Station.

She appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 30 and was fined £660 for failing to comply with requirements under the new coronavirus laws.

She also received a fine of£85 for ticket fraud and was ordered to pay £80 in costs.

Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan for BTP said: “While a ticket offence had also been committed in this case, enforcement of any sort under the new regulations really is a last resort, especially arrest.

“In this case, officers tried their upmost best to engage with Dinou. I can assure you we would much rather not have to take such action.”

“We strongly urge the public to do the right thing and help us save lives by staying at home and slowing the spread of the virus.”

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