Two businesses in Nottinghamshire have been shut down by police after owners ignored lockdown laws by serving alcohol to customers inside.
The owners of the Wheatsheaf Inn in Cropwell Bishop and Indian Nights in East Bridgford were issued £1,000 fines in January and also have received a prohibition notice, ensuring they cannot allow individuals to enter the premises to consume food or drink.
Nottinghamshire Police officers found three people sitting drinking with the landlord present when they visited the Wheatsheaf on Wednesday 27 January.
A customer was also found drinking alcohol as they waited for their food to be prepared at Indian Nights, when environmental health and licensing officers from Rushcliffe Borough Council visited on the same evening.
On inspection, council officers found over a dozen empty beer and wine bottles, leading them to believe the outlet had also previously served other customers with alcohol.
Simon Robinson, Rushcliffe Borough Council leader said: “It is shocking to see two businesses breaching lockdown restrictions at a time when so many in Rushcliffe have adapted brilliantly to offer takeaway and delivery safely instead of having to resort to flouting the rules.
“In undermining the current lockdown, these venues have demonstrated complete disregard for their customers, staff and local communities at a crucial time in our fight against Covid-19.
He added: “We will continue to advise and educate business owners as to their responsibilities and we thank the vast majority of Rushcliffe businesses for their compliance to date and for playing their part in keeping customers and staff safe.
“Covid restrictions are in place to protect everyone and we say to all business owners please do not place yourself in a position like this which is putting lives at risk. Contact us if you need support to trade.”