Bus passenger fined more than £1,700 for failing to wear face covering

Dozens of people were fined last week for failing to wear face coverings on public transport (Pictures: PA/AFP/Rex)

A man has been fined more than £1,700 after twice refusing to wear a face mask on a London bus for two consecutive days.

Frederick Adomako-Frimpong, 49, from Stratford in east London, was among dozens of people fined at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Friday for failing to wear a face covering on public transport in July.

The court heard he offered ‘no reasonable excuse’ for not having one at Stratford bus station on July 15. Adomako-Frimpong was stopped again by Transport for London (TfL) staff the following day for the same reason.

He was given a combined fine of £1,710 for the offences after not paying his £100 fixed penalty notice within 28 days.

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Sarian Kamara, 30, from Westminster, was ordered to pay £194 despite claiming she had dropped her face covering while running to catch a bus on July 15.

After boarding without a mask, the pregnant mother-of-three was handed a covering by a fellow bus passenger but was told by a member of staff that she would be fined anyway.

Kamara claimed she was ‘exempt’ from the mask rules due to her pregnancy.

Bus passenger in London fined ?1,700 for refusing to wear face covering Pics: PA/AFP/rex

Face masks are compulsory on public transport unless you are exempt (Picture: Rex)

Another defendant, Akam Rostami, 20, from Liverpool, was fined after telling the court via an interpreter that he could not speak English and therefore did not know what the rules on masks were.

The court heard that another offender had sworn at police officers when asked why they had no face covering, while another person said they refused because wearing a mask would ‘make no difference’.

A number of defendants at the court said they had either forgotten about the rules or had left their face covering at home.

Tim Caig, representing TfL, said: ‘No one enjoys wearing mask but most people see the logic of it.’

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