Single mum Elizabeth MacKenzie, 47, had “bubbled up” with another mother so they could help each other with childcare, but Lancashire cops slapped them with a £900just two weeks before Downing Street’s alleged 50-strong Christmas bash
A single mum has been fined nearly £900 for breaking lockdown rules by babysitting a child in her “bubble” just weeks before Downing Street’s 50-strong party.
Elizabeth MacKenzie, 47, and her daughter Angel, 13, ” bubbled up ” with friend Petra, 36, and her daughter Kacie, 12.
The women are both stay-at-home carers for vulnerable family members and teamed up to help each other with childcare support on weekends.
But after an apparent ‘tip off’ about a party at the home, police turned up and found the girls watching a film with hot chocolates.
They found a third child there – a little girl, 13, who was officially living with the MacKenzie family for a month while her single dad recovered from a broken back after a work accident.
Police accused the mum of facilitating a gathering of two or more people in a private dwelling.
It happened just two weeks before Downing Street’s alleged Christmas gathering, which is said to have involved 50 workers break rules to party.
Carer Elizabeth from Preston, Lancashire, was hauled in front of magistrates on Thursday.
The single mum now has to pay a whopping fine of £834 for the breach of rules and will see £20 a month disappear from her bank account each month as a result
The fine has tipped her over budget and she has been forced to look for debt consolidation solutions.
Elizabeth, a full time carer to disabled daughter Kayleigh, 26, said: “It makes me angry.
“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?
“The court made me feel like I put lives at risk but I was just looking after children who were trapped inside anyway and not allowed out to play.
“My son loves politics and was very upset because of the Hancock thing and now Boris with his party two weeks after the night that I’ve been fined for babysitting – it’s just so unfair.
“I’m a single parent with underlying health issues and the police scared me and the kids when they came to our house that night.
“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.
“I only moved here from Scotland four years ago, I have nobody else here.
“I have chronic back pain and nerve damage so I don’t keep well myself.
“It was very important that I had that bubble for support and help.
“They kept saying it was a birthday party but it wasn’t – we had one child staying with us for the night, there was no music, just homework followed by a film with snacks.
“I have never been in trouble before and I was made to feel like a criminal. I can’t believe this has happened to us.”
Elizabeth had her three children, Kayleigh, 26, Lewis, 19, and Angel, 13, living with her last December when the alleged rule break happened on December 5.
She also had a friend’s daughter, 13, living her for three weeks after her dad was in an accident.
Kacie, Angel and the third pal were watching the movie White Chicks with hot chocolates in their pyjamas when Elizabeth got a knock at the door from police at around 11pm.
She said a male cop stuck his foot in the door and said he was coming in while she tried explaining to his female colleague.
Elizabeth became annoyed at him specifically, and told him he couldn’t come in, but his fellow officers could.
The female cop offered a warning if she sent Kacie home, and Elizabeth made arrangements for her to be picked up.
But then the male cop said he “didn’t like my attitude” and pulled out his iPad to fine her.
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 that Elizabeth had breached lockdown rules by having the other girl under her care while in a bubble with Kacie’s family.
With the night in question was just 13 days before 50 government employees had an alleged party on December 18.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.