Family Drives Through The Night To Go On A Fishing Trip During Lockdown
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A family that drove through the night to go on a fishing trip during lockdown has been fined by police.
An unnamed family travelled from London to Torquay, Devon, earlier this morning but were escorted out of the county after being located by police.
The bizarre case was shared on social media by Devon and Cornwall Police Control Room Supervisor Mike Newton.
Writing on Twitter, officer Newton said: "05:16, #Torquay. Officers locate a family from London who have driven overnight for a spot of fishing. Escorted out of Devon, and adults issued with fines. I shall refrain from further comment."
05:16, #Torquay. Officers locate a family from London who have driven overnight for a spot of fishing :fishing_pole_and_fish:. Escorted out of Devon, and adults issued with fines. I shall refrain from further comment.
- Mike Newton (@mike55213) April 12, 2020
This isn't the first example of someone not fully understanding the lockdown rules and venturing on long distance trips.
Earlier this month, police fined a man after he was caught doing 110mph on the motorway to 'buy bread'.
The man was stopped on Sunday 5 April while travelling from Nottingham northbound on the M1.
When asked why he was travelling, the man - who was in the car with his two young kids - told officers he was heading to London to pick up bread as it was £1 cheaper.
Yep, that's right, the man seemingly thought travelling more than 120 miles, during a lockdown, to save a quid on bread was a valuable use of time.
According to Leicestershire Police, the man was whacked with two fixed penalty notices and reported to court for the speeding.
Police said one notice was speeding, with the amount of the fine to be decided at court, and the other was a £60 fine issued under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, brought in during the coronavirus lockdown.
But that's nothing compared to the excuse offered by one man who was recently stopped by police in Nottingham.
Body cam footage shows a cop searching the man's green backpack and finding a large amount of cannabis.
After the discovery, he told police: "I'm buying in bulk because you can't get out because of the lockdown."
Inspector James Walker, who leads a special Covid-19 task force, said for the most part it's like 'Christmas Day every day' as most people follow the rules and stay indoors.
He said: "Acquisitive crime has gone down because people are at home, so there is less burglary and less people on the streets to commit robberies. Shops are shut so there are less shop thefts. Therefore, the people who use drugs have got less money to buy them.
"I don't think it's stopped but we are not seeing it in its usual guise. How it has changed? It is difficult to say yet but it is still happening."