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COVID-19: Dozens get lockdown fines including man on 100-mile McDonald’s trip


Dozens of fines have been handed out to COVID-19 lockdown breakers across the UK – including one for a man who was caught driving 100 miles to get a McDonald’s meal.

Police said the 34-year-old was fined £200 after he drove around 100 miles from Luton to Devizes in Wiltshire for a takeaway – even though the town does not have a McDonald’s.

Meanwhile, police in Greater Manchester have issued 110 fixed penalty notices for coronavirus regulation breaches since 3pm on Friday, bringing the total issued in the region to 2,600 since August.

In Essex, 49 people were fined after officers shut down an illegal car meet in Romford
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In Essex, 49 people were fined after officers shut down an illegal car meet in Romford

Fines were handed out on Saturday night to partygoers at an address in Peregrine Street, Hulme, and at a property in Greengate, Salford, where police responded to reports of 30 people attending.

In the early hours of Sunday, police were called to reports of a disturbance and a party of more than 40 people at a flat in Derby Street, Cheetham Hill.

In Bolton, four people travelling in a car on Friday were fined when their vehicle broke down after they drove from Preston to pick up a takeaway.

Chief Inspector Carol Martin, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “It is incredibly frustrating to those abiding by the rules that some people are showing such a blatant disregard for the current regulations.”

In Essex, 49 people were fined after officers shut down an illegal car meet in Romford.

Police were called late on Saturday after reports that about 50 vehicles had gathered in the Ferry Lane area.

Officers found the group speeding around a nearby roundabout and mixing with other drivers without any social distancing.

On Sunday, police shared images of Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets which showed a large number of people out walking.

“We would advise not come here if you want to be socially distanced,” Tower Hamlets Police said.

The force also warned people: “Only head out if you NEED to.”

Gloucestershire Police said they had received “numerous reports of people travelling without a reasonable excuse”.

Officers in North Wales warned those flouting the rules are “increasingly likely to get fined” after citing a substantial amount of people over the weekend.



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