Two women fined £ 200 for walking five miles from their homes for a socially distant walk spoke up that morning.
Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore appeared on the ITV daytime show and spoke to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield about the shocking ordeal.
The couple traveled to the Derbyshire Beauty Spot Foremark Reservoir in separate cars from their respective Leicestershire homes but quickly received a £ 200 fine from Derbyshire police for violating Covid rules Derbyshire Live.
Jessica and Eliza told Holly and Phil that they feel they haven’t broken any rules and that the police are “looking for a reason to punish them”.
Check out the video above to see why Jessica and Eliza find the harshness of the police disappointing and shocking.
Eliza said, “The reservoir we visited was about five miles from home, about a ten minute drive.
“We learned from social media that the place we live in was very busy with hikers, as it was during this pandemic during the lockdown.
“And so we decided that it would be safer for us to go somewhere that was more of an open space and that it would make us safer and that it would be safer for everyone else too.”
Eliza continued, “The officers approached us as we were parking, we parked two spaces apart to make sure we were really keeping social distance and the officers were soon walking towards our vehicles.
“We were shocked when it happened.”
When asked how many officers there were, Jessica said, “Definitely five to speak, but I think there were more.
“When we first drove in there was a police car and also a police car, and the men and women stood around the vehicles, but five definitely got to our cars.
“When they came by, they immediately wondered why we were there. The first question was whether we are friends and where we come from.
“We stated that we were two villages away from our location and would come for a socially detached walk, and stated that we were aware of the guidelines and were allowed to travel to an open space.
“The officials also told us that we were too far out of our area.
“As Eliza said, we were a short drive of about five miles.
Eliza continued, “I think her ultimate goal was to fine us.
“They were looking for information that could justify us breaking the rules.”
The scared women were informed of their Miranda rights by the officers and were completely at a loss.
Jessica said, “As far as we knew we didn’t break any rules and we didn’t go out to break rules. It’s the last thing we want to do, especially now.
“I said, ‘Look, we came in two separate cars, we are socially distant, we even brought our own drinks separately,’ and the cops went on to say that you are not allowed to do that, it’s classified as a picnic … when did that happen?! “
Jessica concluded that she hoped they could raise awareness about the possibilities of the fines, as some people told them that if it had been it it would be the “last straw”.
Derbyshire Police said in a statement: “Current guidelines state that while you can exercise, you should do so locally – defined as being within your village, town or urban area.
“We understand, of course, that there may be valid reasons for traveling outside of these areas to exercise. However, driving to a place where exercise could easily have been brought closer to a person’s home is clearly out of place the national effort to reduce our travel, reduce the possible spread of the disease and reduce the number of deaths.
“Each officer will use their professional judgment on a case-by-case basis. However, people should expect to be challenged and understand the clear reasons why they may be asked about their movements given the critical situation the NHS is currently in will.”
This morning airs on ITV at 10am on weekdays.