Police chiefs tell officers to stop issuing instant £10,000 Covid fines

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Penalties put on hold in England and Wales amid concerns about fairness

Police chiefs have issued an emergency order to stop officers handing out instant £10,000 fines to Covid rule-breakers amid concerns the government’s flagship deterrent is unfair, the Guardian has learned.

Officials are scrambling to stop the crackdown on large gatherings in England and Wales, which was announced by the prime minister this summer, from imploding after serious problems emerged.

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