Kettering restaurant hit with Covid fine after hosting birthday party

Eight people at the party have also been given a fixed penalty notice

By Sam Wildman
Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 4:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 4:52 pm
The Raj in Kettering.
The Raj in Kettering.

A Kettering restaurant which hosted a birthday party in breach of emergency coronavirus regulations has been ordered to pay £1,000.

Popular curry house The Raj in Rockingham Road has been hit with the fixed penalty notice after the incident, which police said took place on November 28.

A force spokesman said a 26th birthday party was held at the restaurant and that eight people who attended were given a fixed penalty notice.

Police and Kettering Council officers worked together to gather evidence needed to issue the £1,000 fixed penalty notice against The Raj, the spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “This was a really good example of partnership working between us and Kettering Council.

"We would urge other businesses and people to take this as an example of what will happen if you blatantly flout rules which are designed to keep us all safe.”

A spokesman for The Raj declined to comment.

It's the latest fine Northamptonshire Police has issued under coronavirus powers designed to stop the spread of the virus.

They issued a £10,000 fine over a house party in Northampton on December 5 before more huge penalties over two separate house parties in the county town on December 13.

One had up to 150 people present and a live DJ performing, who also got a £10,000 fine.

A wedding reception in Kettering is also under investigation, with police also looking to issue a £10,000 fine over a huge Traveller funeral in Kettering on November 9.