Chesterfield anti-lockdown protester prosecuted after arrest at mass gathering at demo

An anti-lockdown protester arrested at a mass gathering has been prosecuted.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 12:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 12:48 pm

Christine Spalding, aged 57, of Wharf Lane, Chesterfield, was arrested at a protest in Sheffield city centre in November 2020 for breaching Covid regulations by participating in a mass gathering.

Spalding was convicted of the breach, given a conditional discharge and fined.

There were a number of mass gatherings in Sheffield during the coronavirus pandemic, with protesters demonstrating against lockdown restrictions.

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One of a number of lockdown protests staged in Sheffield last year

Inspector Ali Bywater said: “Christine Spalding, 57-years-old, of Wharf Lane, Chesterfield, was convicted at court last month.

“This was following her arrest at a protest in Sheffield city centre on Saturday, November 14, 2020, for participation in a gathering in a public outdoor place of more than two people in England under the Coronavirus legislation.

“She was part of a city centre protest on that date.

“Spalding was convicted of the offence and given a conditional discharge and a fine.”

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