Couple fined for waving at dementia-stricken mum in care home slam ridiculous punishment – Mirror Online

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Good Morning Britain hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid spoke to Carol and David Richards on Thursday’s show after they were handed a fine for waving at Carol’s mother in her care home.

The couple were fined £60 for driving seven miles to the care home to wave at Carol’s dementia-stricken mother, 94, through the window, though the fine has since been rescinded.

The news comes days after Jessica Allen and her friend Eliza Moore were given a £200 fine after driving seven miles to go on what they thought was a legal, socially-distanced walk together.

David said: “I was confident we would be fine, I saw all the police cars ahead and I thought i don’t want to be stopped and have to explain what we were doing.

“But they waved us towards them so I had to stop, I was confident she would go through the checks and we would move on.

“We were both confident that after explaining, things would be absolutely fine.”

Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid speak to their guests on Good Morning Britain
South Wales Police rescinded the fine and phoned the couple to apologise last night
(Image: ITV)

Carol explained: “[The police officer] said it’s a non essential visit, but I said then we have been visiting my mum, we have been outside in the car park, and I have been waving to her through the window.

“And she said, ‘Well we’d all like to wave at our mothers through the window’.

“I thought, this is a bit ridiculous. I said, ‘Look, she’s got dementia she is living in a care home, I’ve been outside, nobody has been around, I’ve just been waving to her’.

Carol and David Richards speak to Good Morning Britain
Carol and David Richards were convinced they would not be in trouble once they explained – but they were wrong
(Image: ITV)

“She wouldn’t engage with me, she just told me, she ordered me.

“I started to feel really upset and also outraged, the atmosphere got more and more chilly, we didn’t swear at her we were polite.

“I just continued protesting but then it became futile, and we got slapped with a £60 fine.”

Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were surrounded by police, read their rights and fined £200 each after driving five miles to take a walk
Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were also told the hot drinks they had brought along were not allowed as they were “classed as a picnic”
(Image: Jessica Allen)

Susanna read out the South Wales Police guidelines that say care home visits are permitted under alert level 4 “for compassionate reasons”.

“So it’s absolutely clear that your visit was allowed under the law,” she said.

Ben noted that once Good Morning Britain contacted South Wales police for comment, they dropped the fine and the couple received a phone call to say sorry.

Carol confirmed: “They phoned us last night, they asked for David, he sounded nervous, and he was apologetic and I would describe that phone call as very empathetic, it was a good phone call, that was some good communication.

“That was constructive. He said he wasn’t aware of media attention, but I think media attention is what constructed these results.”

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

 

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