Mum fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting kid in her bubble – just days before Downing Street Xmas party

Mum fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting kid in her bubble – just days before Downing Street Xmas party

A MUM was fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules after she babysat a child in her bubble – just days before Downing Street's Christmas party.

Elizabeth MacKenzie, 47, and her daughter Angel, 13, had bubbled up with pal Petra, 36, and her daughter Kacie, 12, to support each other during the lockdown last year.

Mum fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting kid in her bubble – just days before Downing Street Xmas party

Elizabeth MacKenzie was fined £834 fine for babysitting the children in her bubble Credit: SWNS

Mum fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting kid in her bubble – just days before Downing Street Xmas party

Elizabeth MacKenzie and her daughter Angel Credit: SWNS

The mums are both stay-at-home carers and were taking it in turns to babysit each other's daughters at the weekend.

Angel's birthday fell on one of Elizabeth's turns and after an apparent tip off they were having a party, cops turned up on the mum's doorstep.

They found the girls watching a film and drinking hot chocolates, but officers accused Elizabeth of facilitating a gathering of two or more people in a private dwelling.

The evening happened just two weeks before Downing Street's alleged Christmas gathering, said to have involved 50 workers breaking rules to party.

But the mum, from Preston, Lancs., was hauled in front of magistrates last week and slapped with with an £834 fine.

“It makes me angry,” she said.

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“I get fined for looking after a child and made a fool out of by a police officer whilst Boris sips wine and parties – how is that fair?

“I was in a bubble with the mum of the child who was staying at ours – we helped each other with looking after the kids regularly as we are both stay-at-home carers.”

Elizabeth explained Petra's daughter Kacie, 13, was staying over for the night of what just so happened to be Angel's 13th birthday, as part of regular childcare arrangements.

Another 13-year-old girl, who was officially living with the MacKenzie family while her single dad recovered from a broken back after a work accident, was also living with them at the time.

Elizabeth said: “I only had the kids who lived with me at home plus one other child whose family I was in a bubble with.

“All the girls did was do their homework, practice some TikTok dances, watched 'White Chicks' with hot chocolates and then upstairs for face masks in their pyjamas – hardly a party.”

Of the moment officers swopped in, she added: “A male police officer said we couldn't have a bubble in Tier Three and then stuck his foot in the door, saying he was coming in to check whilst I was explaining the situation to his female colleague.

All the girls did was do their homework, practice some TikTok dances, watched 'White Chicks' with hot chocolates and then upstairs for face masks in their pyjamas – hardly a party.

Elizabeth MacKenzie

“That annoyed me so I said no way was he coming in like that but the other police officers could.

“The female police officer said if I sent Kacie home, then I would just get a warning, so I phoned Kacie's mum to explain what happened and my brother took her home – I had to get her dressed at 11:30pm out of her pyjamas.

“With Kacie gone, the male police officer then told me he didn't like my attitude, to which I said I didn't like his, and then he pulled out his iPad thing and said he's fining me.”

The single mum, who is a full time carer to her disabled daughter Kayleigh, 26, will now see £20 a month disappear from her bank account to repay the mega fine.

The bill has also tipped her overbudget, forcing her to look for debt consolidation solutions.

Appearing at Lancashire Magistrates Court on December 2 this year, Elizabeth was found guilty of participating in the gathering of two or more people in a private dwelling in a Tier Three area.

The court ruled the single mum had breached lockdown rules by having the other girl under her care while in a bubble with Kacie's family.

The night in question was just 13 days before 50 government employees had an alleged party on December 18.

And Boris Johnson today issued a grovelling apology over bombshell footage of senior No10 staff joking about holding the lockdown-busting bash.

The PM has now ordered an investigation by civil service chief, Sir Simon Case, into exactly what happened and promised to hand over any info over to the cops if asked.

Elizabeth said: “I was made to feel like I put people's lives at risk which made me cry, so yes, I'm so angry at the system, I'm angry at Boris, I'm angry at the police and magistrates but mostly I'm hurt because of how low they made me feel.”

Mum fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting kid in her bubble – just days before Downing Street Xmas party

Her daughter's birthday fell on one of her turns to babysit Credit: SWNS

Mum fined £834 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting kid in her bubble – just days before Downing Street Xmas party

Elizabeth MacKenzie's daughter Angel (left) and her friend on the evening in question Credit: SWNS

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