Dad fined for having two pals in garden wants money back after Boris’ BYOB party

A man is furious and is appealing for his money back after fresh news surrounding alleged Downing Street parties which Boris Johnson was present at.

Kieron McArdle, 50, had invited two of his mates to his house in Coleshill, Warwickshire, on March 19 last year, in order to celebrate his birthday.

After spending the second lockdown alone, he claims he was struggling with loneliness, which had severely impacted his mental health.

On the day of the incident, Kieron’s pals arrived at 2pm and didn’t enter the house even to use the toilet.

An hour later however, the police arrived at his door, told them they were breaking the rules, took their details and told them they would get a fine in the post.

Kieron’s friends then dispersed and a few weeks later they all received a £100 fine.

Kieron paid the fine, admitting that what he did was "wrong".

But following leaked emails inviting Downing Street members to a drinks party, he is now fuming and is calling for the Government to refund him and anyone else who was fined during lockdown.

He said: "There's no argument that I broke the rules but after seeing more and more stuff coming out, it has infuriated me.

"These people should be held to account and I firmly believe anyone who was fined should be offered a refund or the money donated to charity. It feels so unfair that it was one rule for them and another for us."

He added: "One of my friends recognised that my mental health wasn't great and it was my birthday.

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"I couldn't go the gym and my children live with their mother and couldn't come over as they are older and it would have been a mixed household.

"I'm a company director for a cleaning and property maintenance company and it was affected so that had an impact too.

"For a couple of weeks, Zoom calls were fine but in the second lockdown last year, I felt my mental health deteriorating.

"My friends just wanted to sit in the garden from a distance on a lovely sunny day. We knew it wasn't in the rules, but it wasn't 40 or 50 people and my friends didn't even go inside to use the toilet.

"I'm happy to give that money to charity because I did do wrong but I don't think it should be going to a government who totally disregarded the rules themselves.”

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