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Lockdown Law Breakers Told Cops They 'Didn't Know' There Was A Pandemic

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Lockdown Law Breakers Told Cops They 'Didn't Know' There Was A Pandemic

Police in Hampshire broke up an illegal get together only for those in attendance to claim they weren't aware of the coronavirus pandemic as they don't watch the news.

Posting on Twitter, Hampshire Police said: "Officers attended address in Basingstoke following several reports of a party at an address, and breaching lockdown guidelines.

"The occupants were spoken to and claimed to be unaware of the global pandemic, as they never watch the news!"

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In case you were wondering, the officers did not accept that as a valid reason for the lockdown party.

Meanwhile, cops in London were called out to an illegal party being held inside a pub in Dalston.

In a tweet, the force said "Reports to a pub open in #E8 on arrival a large group inside.

"COVID fixed penalty notice given to everyone present!"

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They then posted a follow-up tweet urging people to stay inside and follow the rules, while reminding people the rules are 'in place to protect you and others'.

Police in London broke up a get together inside a pub over the weekend. Credit: Twitter/@MPSSpecials
Police in London broke up a get together inside a pub over the weekend. Credit: Twitter/@MPSSpecials

They added: "It doesn't matter how creative your excuse is, if it's not one of the reasonable excuses you risk being fined.

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"Please stay at home."

And on the topic of 'creative excuses' - a driver from Bristol was whacked with a fixed penalty notice after driving to Cheddar Gorge to tuck into a kebab.

Posting on Twitter, Avon and Somerset Police said: "Patrols of Cheddar Gorge this evening resulted in multiple vehicles being dispersed and 7 fixed penalty notices being issued for breaching Covid-19 legislation.

"Travelling from Bristol to Cheddar to sit and eat kebabs in your vehicle is not a reasonable excuse!"

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In a statement to Somerset Live, the force added: "Police patrolling in Cheddar [on 9 January] engaged with a number of people who were sitting in parked cars in Cheddar Gorge.

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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."

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Topics: UK News, Coronavirus

Claire Reid
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