The owner of a Somerset farm has been fined £1,000 for serving cider to customers and, in doing so, breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

Police were called to a farm in Mudgley, Wedmore, on Saturday, January 30 and found several customers had been served cider by a member of staff.

People inside the premises were seen congregated around tables, not socially distancing or wearing face masks.

The cider farm owner told police he was providing customers with samples of cider, which amounts to a breach of the Covid-19 restrictions.

He was issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice.

Acting sergeant Matthew Shaqer said: “The Covid-19 regulations are clear that alcohol cannot be served to customers for on-site consumption at this current time.

"Several people could be seen sat at tables with a glass of cider in a clear breach of the law.

“It was shocking to walk into the premises and find so many people there.

"Any one of them could have had the virus but been asymptomatic and spread the virus to a number of other households.

“We will continue to engage with the public, explain the rules and encourage them to comply, but with deliberate flagrant breaches of the legislation, people can expect to be fined.

“We appreciate the vast majority of people are however complying with the rules and are making sacrifices to their daily lives to limit the spread of Covid-19 and we thank them for doing so.”

Police have made Sedgemoor District Council’s licensing team aware of the incident.

Breaches of Covid-19 regulations that are happening can be reported by calling 101, while long-standing issues can be reported online at