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FOUR hungry pals who drove a whopping 68 miles to pick up a feast from McDonald’s have each been hit with a £200 fine for breaching Covid rules.
The group, who are from different households, was pulled over in Uttoxeter, Staffs., last night after travelling from the Manchester area.
The rule-breakers’ trip turned out far more expensive than planned when officers slapped them with £200 fines each
They reportedly made the massive journey to get to a McDonald’s; despite there being dozens of branches of the fast food giant closer to home.
When police enquiries confirmed the four were not from the same household, it became clear that the journey breached the newly implemented lockdown rules.
Their trip turned out far more expensive than planned as a result, when officers slapped them with £200 fines each.
Writing on Twitter, Staffordshire Police said: “Tonight a vehicle was stopped in #Uttoxeter @EStaffsPolice.
“Group of friends from Manchester area not having legitimate reasons to be here other than going to McDonalds!
“All 4 occupants from different address. £800 in fines issued to occupants.
“Please stay at home unless necessary!”
The group reportedly made the massive journey to get to a McDonalds restaurant in StaffordshireCredit: Alamy Live News
Writing on Twitter, Staffordshire Police said a total £800 in fines had been issued to the occupantsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The rule-flouting comes as the Chief Medical Officer warns deaths will continue to rise as Britain still hasn’t reached peak of second wave.
Chris Whitty said there were signs cases were begining to “level off” but warned the peak of the virus could still be weeks away, despite the tragic 1,280 deaths reported yesterday.
CAR SEIZED AFTER TAKEAWAY CRAVING PROMPTS ILLEGAL TRIP
A takeaway craving led another group of Mancunians into a spot of bother when they were pulled over by cops while on a journey to pick up takeaway meal.
Police seized the VW Golf on the M62 on route to West Yorkshire, after spotting it travelling at 90mph in the snow, the Daily Mail reported.
Officers soon discovered the car had not been taxed since September 2020.
They also found the driver and two passengers were from three different households and were therefore in breach of Covid-19 regulations.
The group were fined for their rule-breaking.
170 MILE TRIP FOR EXERCISE ‘COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE’
Meanwhile, a group of people who drove 170 miles “for exercise” on the Jurassic Coast have been handed fines by police, who have dubbed the trip “completely unacceptable”.
The group comprised seven people who travelled from Coventry to Durdle Door, near Lulworth, Dorset.
They were stopped by police in an encounter pictured by a representative from the local Lulworth Estate, which runs the beauty spot.
A spokesperson for the Lulworth Estate urged people to abide by lockdown rules.
“The police have just had to issue fines to two carloads of people who had driven down from Coventry.”
Dorset Police put their weight behind the warning, reminding people that travelling so far for exercise was “completely unacceptable”.
Two people had been issued fixed penalty notices, police confirmed.
A force spokesman added: “Our officers, including our dedicated Covid-19 patrol officers, will continue to use a 4 e’s approach of escalation, where they will engage, explain and encourage people to follow the regulations.
A group of people who drove 170 miles “for exercise” on the Jurassic Coast have also been handed fines by policeCredit: Getty – Contributor
“Where this is not effective, then enforcement action will be taken when reasonable, proportionate and in line with COVID-19 regulations.
“Positive cases are rising at an unprecedented scale nationally and tragically over 80,000 people have died with the virus. More than 1,000 people were dying a day last week.”
The situation was dire, both nationally and in Dorset, the spokesman said, with the NHS “struggling to cope” with the demand.
“The number of people in Dorset’s hospitals battling coronavirus has doubled since New Year’s Eve and it is anticipated we have not yet reached the peak.”
“We all have a social responsibility to stick within the rules and we would ask that people behave responsibly to save lives and protect the NHS.”
SCOTS FINED FOR ILLEGAL 300-MILE SOCIAL VISIT
Two Scottish Covidiots who drove 300 miles to Anglesey to visit friends can be added to the list of Covid rule-flouters hit with fines as a result of their breach.
Police were shocked to hear how far the group had come, when they stopped the two cars on Friday. The pair were also found to be driving without insurance, officers said.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “Two drivers reported in Valley for driving without insurance.
“Also reported for breaching Covid travel restrictions having travelled from Scotland to see friends.”
According to current lockdown rules, people should be staying at home, and only travelling for essential reasons.
What you could be fined for
You could face a fine for:
- Being out of your home without a reasonable excuse as below
- Travelling abroad or going on holiday during the lockdown period – as this is not a reasonable excuse
- Breaking Covid rules by having others outside your household inside your home
- Meeting people outside your household outside – unless it’s one person for exercise alone
- Hosting a gathering – this could see you get a fine of up to £10,000
- Businesses or venues can be fined up to £10,000 too for continuing to operate despite being ordered to shut
- Not wearing a face covering on public transport or in shops
“Reasonable” excuses for being out of your home include:
- Work: If you have to go to work as you really can’t work from home, this will be allowed. Key workers such as those who work for the police, or NHS, will be permitted to do so
- School: only for the kids of key workers or vulnerable pupils
- Exercise: Boris will continue to allow unlimited exercise outdoors. That means people can carry on going for walks, runs and other forms of exercise outdoors if they wish. You can do that with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
- Food, drink & supplies: People will still be allowed out to collect food and drink – such as at the supermarket, or take-aways
- Medical appointments: Everyone will be urged to continue to attend hospital and doctor appointments if they need to
- To escape injury or harm; those at risk of harm are allowed to leave their current home and move elsewhere
- To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer: people will still be allowed to travel to care for people who need it, or attend volunteer work too
Police recently warned that they would move quickly to slap lockdown rule breakers with fines.
“We all know the law by now and know exactly what is the right thing to do, acting assistant chief constable Nigel Harrison said recently.
“It is on every single news channel, radio bulletins and in the newspapers. There’s no escaping the fact that people have been told to stay home.
“It is not acceptable to pick and choose the law you follow and the laws you don’t.
This was “not a dress rehearsal”, Harrison said.
“People will live and die on the actions we all choose.”