65 fined for taking part in illegal gathering in Kortrijk

Officers from the Vlas Local Police Service issued 65 fines to a group of people that took part in an illegal gathering at near to the Kortrijk Expo and Kinepolis site in Kortrijk (West Flanders) on Saturday evening. They were issued with fines for breaches of the ban on gatherings that is in force as part of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Police mounted an operation at the car parks at Kortrijk Expo and Kinepolis multiplex cinema after they had received reports that the owners of cars that have been tuned to improve their performance often met there to race.

Various sources had tipped off police that such a gathering was planned for Saturday evening. When the police arrived a large number of people were present. 

Some were able to make their escape. However, most of those present were unable to do so and their identity was checked, and fines issued. The VLAS Police Service’s drugs detection dog was also deployed to check for the presence of any illegal substances. 

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