Man Fined After Breaking Lockdown Rules To Go Dogging
A man has been fined after he was caught breaking lockdown rules to go dogging.
Daniel Lewis, 24, was caught in a car park alongside two other men watching a couple having sex on 17 May.
The men were found in Stoke Wood car park, near Bicester in Oxfordshire.
Lewis was found to be in breach of the lockdown restrictions in force at the time, which banned gatherings of more than two people.
Oxford Magistrates' Court, fined Lewis £300 as well as a victim surcharge of £34 and court costs of £90.
Watching others have sex in public places isn't strictly against the law, but that doesn't mean it's entirely legal, either.
A police spokesperson told The Sun last year: "Sex in public places is not necessarily illegal.
"However, we will take action where anyone could be offended by another person's conduct or actions."
Elsewhere in 'bizarre reasons to break lockdown rules' - a man from Wales was fined after driving to pick up a bouncy castle.
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The man was ordered to pay more than £800 after driving to Tenby to buy a bouncy castle during lockdown back in April, when a ban on non-essential travel was still in place.
The court heard how the 24-year-old told officers from Dyfed-Powys Police that he'd been travelling with his pal 'in order for his friend to purchase a bouncy castle'.
He had been travelling at a time when non-essential journeys were banned as part of the country's first lockdown period, and his reasoning was not considered essential.
On Tuesday 20 October, the driver was ordered to pay £811 - which consisted of a £660 fine, prosecution costs of £85 and a £66 victim surcharge - at Carmarthenshire Magistrates' Court in Llanelli.
Meanwhile, in Birmingham, a 48-year-old bloke was ordered to pay more than £800 after he was caught driving to Pembrokeshire to 'fix his girlfriend's car' in May.
The 48-year-old had been stopped by police on the A477 in the village of Llanteg as he travelled to west Wales.
He was fined £660 at Carmarthenshire Magistrates' Court on Thursday 22 October, along with £85 in costs and a £66 victim surcharge.
Let's hope we can all act a little bit more sensibly when England goes back into lockdown later this week, eh?
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