A WOMAN has been fined more than £20,000 for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by holding anti-lockdown protests in London.

Louise Creffield, the founder of Save Our Rights UK, was found guilty on two counts of holding a gathering of more than 50 people on May 29 and June 26 last year.

At the time of the offences, the country was under level three lockdown restrictions, meaning no more than 30 people could meet at once.

The 35-year-old was found to have held gatherings in Hyde Park and Parliament Square in May, before returning for a different protest in Parliament Square in June.

Westminster Magistrates' Court found that the protests were held without a reasonable excuse and outside the government’s permitted Covid regulations.

Creffield, of Reading Road, Brighton, was fined £10,000 for each offence, and ordered to pay a surcharge of £190 and costs of £500 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

In total, Creffield has been ordered to pay £20,690. The payments will be made in instalments of £10 to be paid every two weeks.