Police Pour Cold Water on Barbecue as Pair Flout Coronavirus Restrictions in Hove, England

Two barbecue-loving beachgoers have been summonsed to court for breaching the new Coronavirus Act after they allegedly became abusive to police officers who tried to disperse their barbecue in Hove, England, on April 4, according to local reports.

According to The Argus, the couple became abusive to community support officers and police officers on Saturday afternoon and refused to leave despite repeated requests from the officers.

After several minutes of discussion, a police officer poured a helmet filled with water over the barbecue.

Sussex Police confirmed to The Argus that two people, a 31-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, have been reported for summons to face charges of breaching Schedule 21 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

A police spokesperson said: “The man was initially arrested after allegedly refusing to provide his details. He had a cough and asked officers for a mask so that he didn’t cough on them. He was eventually de-arrested and returned home to self-isolate."

The spokesperson said both will be summoned to attend court in due course. Credit: Dave Strauss via Storyful