Motorists making 300 mile round trips from London to the Cotswolds have been fined £ 200.
The Cotswolds Police stopped several drivers in two Gloucestershire villages that had made the cheeky trips. One argued that it was “very difficult to go shopping in the capital”.
Drivers had to spend more than they initially imagined after being fined £ 200 for violating lockdown rules. according to Mirror Online.
Police, interviewing one driver in Lower Slaughter and two in Bourton-on-the-Water, tweeted, “We thought it was supposed to be a lockdown?”
“Another Covid ticket handed over in Lower Slaughter,” the police announced on Sunday.
“The drivers’ excuse for the 300 mile round trip was that it was very difficult to go shopping in London. # £ 200DayOut.”
A photo of a police officer speaking to the invisible driver of a blue Vauxhall car next to a patrol car on a narrow one-way street was included in the mail.
The local police force later tweeted, “We thought it should be locked? Apparently not in Bourton ?! Two Covid tickets given to tourists from London and several warnings.”
In a comment, ITV’s Ken Goodwin said, “Whaaaaat? Did anyone notice a mall pop up in Lower Slaughter?”
Another person described the drivers as “Covidiots” and added: “Unbelievable what part of the stay at home these people don’t understand, glad they were caught and fined !!”
The bust came after a group of men were punished for traveling from Gwent in South Wales to Bourton earlier on the weekend.
Wildlife Detective Nick Westmacott said the vehicle was stopped on the tourist hotspot’s high street at 11 p.m. on Sunday.
He tweeted that the vehicle had previously been involved in rabbit hunting on the A40 in nearby Norleach last Sunday (Jan. 24) and that a police national computer marker had been placed on the vehicle.
“Gloucestershire Police used an ANPR-equipped vehicle to search the four male inmates for evidence of the pursuit of hares,” he said.
“Nothing was found but since they had all arrived from South Wales without a reasonable excuse, they were all issued £ 200 worth of Covid tickets.
“We have informed the Gwent Police that they may also wish to issue Covid tickets for travel outside of Wales without a proper apology.”
There are now more than 70 partygoers fined £ 800 after attending an illegal boat meeting in Ealing, west London, on Saturday night.
The organizer was hit with a £ 10,000 fine.
Last month, Interior Minister Priti Patel further tightened the lockdown restrictions on gatherings to prevent Covid transmissions.
Anyone attending a gathering of 15 or more will face a fine of £ 800, which doubles up to £ 6,400 for each repeated offense.