Four men have been issued with a fixed penalty notices and fined £200 for breach of covid guidelines following reports of fireworks being set off in a country park.
The men have also been issued with a warning by Newark and Sherwood District Council after officers responded to a report of a group lighting a bonfire at Vicar Water Country Park on 5 November.
The Edwinstowe and Clipstone Beat Team has thanked the community for coming forward and helping with a media appeal asking for information following a deliberate fire.
PC Graham Whitehead of the Edwinstowe and Clipstone Beat Team is leading the investigation.
He said: “This isn’t the first time that this location has been used to hold celebrations and both times it has resulted in damage, which is not acceptable.
“We’d like to thank the local community for responding to our appeal for information. Thankfully no one was injured.
“We’ve now spoken to four men in relation to the incident and they were questioned about the criminal damage.
“All four men were given a fixed penalty notice of £200 each for breach of covid guidelines, gathering in a group in public outdoor space. They have also been banned from the area.
“We are still investigating the criminal damage. If you have any information in relation to this incident please contact 101 and quote incident 91 of 6 November 2020, alternately you can report anonymously online to Crimestopppers.
“In a separate incident, a woman in Clipstone has also been issued with a fixed penalty notice and also give a £200 fixed penalty notice after having previously warned in relation to having visitors in her house and socialising outside of her household support bubble.
“Officers have spoken to the woman and engaged with her. In this case we really had no other option but to issue a fixed penalty notice.
“The lockdown legislation is intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the NHS.
“Most people across the county have been playing their part in minimising the spread of the virus but sadly there remain a few people who refuse to adhere to our efforts to engage, explain and educate and consequently we will not hesitate to enforce the regulations.”
Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “These are extremely tough and challenging times and we all should be doing our part to act in safe and considerate ways, to prevent and control the spread of Coronavirus.
“These dangerous and irresponsible actions not only caused significant damage to our park which could have quickly escalated causing major damage to surrounding land and properties but also to the national measures that are now in place.
“We will not tolerate cases of disregard to the rules and as these actions show, those intent on ignoring the law will be dealt with in a swift and robust manner.”