Coronavirus: Stalybridge man admits social distancing breach

BBC

A man has pleaded guilty to breaching coronavirus social distancing rules by repeatedly approaching people in a supermarket queue.

Steven Mackie, 53, was arrested after getting too close to shoppers outside Tesco in Stalybridge on Saturday.

He is thought to be the first person to be charged in the UK since the new restrictions came into force.

At Stockport Magistrates’ Court, Mackie was fined £635 after he admitted failing to maintain public health.

Police said Mackie, of Stamford Street, Stalybridge, was “unnecessarily out of his home” and had “continued to approach people contrary to social distancing rules” despite advice from officers.