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Reps Gym in Preston shut down for fifth time by police and council for breaching lockdown rules

Posted on - 15th January, 2021 - 7:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Crime, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton
The gym is located within the Roman Way Industrial Estate Pic: Google
The gym is located within the Roman Way Industrial Estate Pic: Google

A gym in Ribbleton has been shut down again by police and council officers for breaching lockdown rules.

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Reps Gym in the Roman Way Industrial Estate has been now issued with five prohibition notices by Preston City Council since October for flouting Covid-19 restrictions.

Preston Police sent officers, along with environmental health officers from the city council, to the gym during Friday (15 January) afternoon.

They found the gym continuing to operate with people inside working out – in contravention to the third national lockdown rules ordering gyms to close.

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The city council issued the gym owner with a prohibition notice and everyone inside was issued with a fixed penalty notice by Preston Police for breaching lockdown rules.

Chief Inspector Chris Barton of Preston Police said: “We are working around the clock with our partners to protect the public from this terrible pandemic, which is made all the more difficult when the restrictions are disregarded in such a way.

“We know it’s a really tough time for people but I have little sympathy for the behaviour of those involved in today’s incident.

“We thank the vast majority of the public who adhere to the restrictions but will continue to take enforcement action against those who have complete disregard for the law. It is vital we work together in order to keep people safe and protect our NHS.”

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On Thursday (14 January) Blog Preston revealed all the businesses in Preston fined or served with notices by the city council for breaching Covid rules.

Deputy leader of the city council, councillor Peter Moss, said at the time: “Where necessary our teams are exercising their regulatory powers against non-compliant businesses that aren’t adhering to the rules designed to protect members of the public and stop the spread of the virus.

“It is vital we all continue to play our part and follow the rules to alleviate the pressure on our already stretched health services and protect our communities.”

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