A SLOUGH man has been fined for taking part in a gathering during England’s second coronavirus lockdown.

Robert Mazarache, of Tintern Close, was caught outside Chalvey Supermarket on King Edward Street with two or more people on November 7, 2020.

The 28-year-old was present at the gathering ‘without a reasonable excuse’ just two days after England went into its second lockdown as coronavirus cases soared.

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Slough borough was averaging 63.6 cases per day per 100,000 people across a seven-day period at this point in the pandemic -- the most out of all boroughs in Berkshire.

Participating in gatherings was forbidden under the government’s coronavirus regulations from November 5 2020 to December 2, 2020.

Having originally denied the charge, Mazarache eventually admitted his guilt.

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At a hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on July 23, 2021, which the 28-year-old did not attend, the Romanian was fined £200, told to pay a £34 victim surcharge and ordered to pay court costs of £85.

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