Covid clampdown on man eating kebab, sledging and landlord giving delivery driver pint

Police fine Cheddar Gorge visitor for driving from Bristol to ‘sit and eat a kebab’
The person had travelled to the beauty spot from Bristol (Image: Sophie Grubb/ Bristol Live)

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Police have fined a slew of people for breaking coronavirus rules – including a man who drove to a beauty spot to eat a kebab.

Officers spotted the person at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset with six other people on Saturday.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said on Twitter that the unidentified culprit had travelled from Bristol – around a 20-mile journey.

People are being asked to stay at home or as local as possible to protect the NHS under current COVID-19 rules.

Posting on social media, the force said: "Travelling from Bristol to Cheddar to sit and eat kebabs in your vehicle is not a reasonable excuse! #staysafe".

A further statement to Somerset Live added: "Police patrolling in Cheddar [on Saturday] engaged with a number of people who were sitting in parked cars in Cheddar Gorge.

Two car-loads of people are stopped by police
(Image: LulworthRangers/BNPS)

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"Officers took the decision to issue fixed penalty notices to seven individuals whom they determined were not local to the area, were not members of the same household, and did not have a valid reason for their journey under the current COVID-19 regulations.

"We would ask that people follow the regulations, only travel when it is essential and take exercise locally to their home address, in order to save lives and protect the NHS."

Current coronavirus rules state: 'You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes).

'If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall'.

The news comes as several other rule-breakers were reported over the weekend – including another group who thought it acceptable to travel to a beauty spot.

Police fined two car loads of pals who had driven 175 miles to hang out at Lulworth Estate in Dorset – and turned them straight back around

Each person was slapped with a £200 charge while clocking up up a fruitless 350 miles, reports Coventry Live – but apparently seemed "blasé" about the incident.

A spokesperson for Lulworth Rangers, who help to run the estate, said: "This lot had travelled down for Coventry for a day out at a beauty spot but unfortunately for them they arrived at the same time as the police.

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"I was gobsmacked at what they had done. They were blatantly ignoring the rules. It was shocking. There were eight of them in their 20s spread over the two cars.

"They were very blasé about the whole thing, even when they were given the £200 fines each."

Meanwhile officers in Whitby have hit out after hearing reports people had gone to neighbouring areas to enjoy fun in the snow – and asked them to avoid sledging.

The local force posted: "We are receiving reports that people are journeying to Goathland and the surrounding areas to sledge.

"This is in contravention of the current lockdown and government guidelines around necessary travel and the public should not attend and risk a fine."

And a pub landlord in Worcester says he was visited by police for breaching coronavirus laws – after he handed out a free pint to a delivery man dropping off beer.

Colin Robinson, who runs the Chestnut Tree Inn, was paid a visit by officers as part of the ongoing tough crackdown.

Officers took down his name and details when they arrived at his premises last week – but he has not yet heard if he will be fined or not.

(Image: Worcester News / SWNS)

Mr Robinson claimed one person was using the recording studio upstairs while he had given another man a free beer for dropping off a barrel.

But police have also faced some criticism for being strict on enforcement in other areas.

Derbyshire Police had to defend itself after fining to women who had travelled across the county border to go on a socially distanced walk.

The force said the women could have exercised closer to their home addresses and said their actions were "clearly not in the spirit of the national effort" to reduce travel.

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