Two car loads of pals fined for driving 175 miles to beauty spot during lockdown
Two car-loads of people are stopped by police (Image: LulworthRangers/BNPS)
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Police have fined two car loads of pals who broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling 175 miles to hang out at a Dorset beautyspot.
The sightseers, who had travelled from Coventry to the picturesque Lulworth Estate in Dorset, were turned right back around again.
Each person was slapped with a £200 fine and the cars were ordered to turn back as they clocked up a fruitless 350 mile round-trip, reports Coventry Live.
The group was described as being 'blasé' about their disregard of the coronavirus lockdown rules.
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The Dorset coastline includes popular beautyspot Durdle Door
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The people, travelling in two cars, visited the historic tourist attraction over the weekend but were quickly spotted by local police.
Boris Johnson has plunged England into a third national lockdown, with social distancing measures reiterated and restrictions tightened in a bid to combat skyrocketing Covid-19 rates.
Current lockdown restrictions 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."
Lulworth Estate is a World Heritage Site which consists of thousands of acres of countryside, coastline views and a stunning castle, making it a very popular tourist attraction.
The estate's social media page urged people not to make trips outside of their local area, posting an image of the Coventry residents being reprimanded by police.
Its Facebook post read: "A gentle reminder that we are in a national lockdown. If you are not local, please resist the urge to drive to Durdle Door, Lulworth or any site outside of your immediate vicinity for exercise.
"The police issued fines when these two car loads of people had driven all the way from Coventry this weekend."
A spokesman for Lulworth Estate said: "The occupants of two cars were fined by police who were driving round checking visitors to Dorset.
"The car parks at Lulworth have been very quiet with between twoor three cars and, at the most, 30 over the weekend.
"As far as we understand the remainder were local visitors."
A Lulworth Rangers spokesperson 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.
"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."