A MAN has been found guilty of breaching Covid lockdown rules in Bournemouth.

Gavin John Wickham, 52, denied an allegation of participating in a gathering of more than two people in a public outdoor place in a tier 4 area.

Prosecutors accused Wickham, of Bincleaves Road, Weymouth, of committing the offence at Pier Approach, Bournemouth, on Saturday, January 9, 2021, when the country was in a national lockdown.

Having pleaded not guilty at a court hearing back in September, Wickham stood trial at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 11.

He was found guilty of the single offence under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.

Following the guilty verdict, the bench issued Wickham with a £200 fine as well as an order to pay a £34 surcharge and £350 costs – a total bill of £584.

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