A MAN was slapped with a hefty fine for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules

Gary Clarke appeared in court for leaving the place where he was living in Eastbourne without a reasonable excuse.

The 57-year-old was in breach of the coronavirus rules and was found guilty of the crime at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

It was revealed the offence took place in May last year, during the first coronavirus national lockdown, where excuses for leaving home were limited to things such as grocery shopping and going out for exercise.

Police who stopped Clarke believed he did not have a reasonable excuse to be outside of his address.

During a court hearing last month Clarke, of St Aubyn’s Road, Eastbourne, was fined £1,760 and must also pay a £176 surcharge and £600 court costs, making a total of £2,536.