A HUSBAND who popped to the shops for toothpaste and cigarettes after his wife showed symptoms of coronavirus has been jailed for breaking the Isle of Man’s lockdown laws.
Paul Tipping, 62, pleaded guilty to failing to self-isolate and was sentenced to four weeks in prison yesterday.
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Lockdown rules on the Isle of Man are set independently, and are more strict than the rest of the UK.
On the island, anyone living in a household where someone has displayed coronavirus symptoms is legally obliged to self-isolate for 14 days.
Retired teacher Paul visited a supermarket and pharmacy on May 14, though his wife had started to show symptoms of the virus three days earlier.
The Douglas Courthouse heard that Mr Tipping had popped out to buy “necessary” items as there was “no-one else” who could pick them up for him.
But he had already received a warning and a fixed penalty notice for previously breaking the emergency laws on the island.
It comes amid other stories of residents on the island jailed for breaking lockdown rules.
Last month, Liam Skillicorn was sentenced to six weeks in prison for taking his granddad’s dog for a walk.
Mr Skillicorn, 20, had reported symptoms of the virus and failed to self-isolate after receiving a warning from police.
And earlier this week, another man from Douglas received a six month jail term for accepting a lift in his friend’s car.
Karl Cameron, 30, was sentenced to six weeks in prison while the other two occupant’s of the car were slapped with fixed penalty notices.
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It was his second offence, as he had already flouted lockdown rules the previous month for organising a gathering with friends at his home.
The news comes as cops issued over 14,000 fines for Brits breaking the lockdown elsewhere in the country.
The Met reported 906 fines had been issued, with Thames Valley, North Yorkshire & Devon and Cornwall issuing about 800 each.
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