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Police Say Smoking Weed And Meeting Mates For Fish And Chips Not 'Essential Travel' Or 'Daily Exercise'

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Police Say Smoking Weed And Meeting Mates For Fish And Chips Not 'Essential Travel' Or 'Daily Exercise'

South Yorkshire Police have been forced to remind citizens that leaving the house to get fish and chips with their mates and nipping out to smoke weed are not classed as either 'daily exercise' or 'essential travel'.

Of course, that doesn't mean that you can't get a lovely portion of fish and chips, but you shouldn't be doing it as an excuse to meet up illegally with friends during the lockdown.

This advice comes after two friends were found to be in breach of coronavirus restrictions and fined £200 for meeting up for a chippy tea together.

Then, a quantity of cannabis was seized by the officers patrolling the Ecclesfield area of Sheffield on Monday night.

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In a Facebook post, the Ecclesfield, Chapeltown, High Green, and Grenoside Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "No... meeting your mates for fish and chips and to smoke cannabis is not classed as 'daily exercise' or 'essential travel'."

Fish and chips is fine, but only with those in your household or bubble. Credit: PA
Fish and chips is fine, but only with those in your household or bubble. Credit: PA

They added: "Despite the government restrictions we are still seeing lots of people in breach of the regulations."

It's fair to say that the reaction online has been divisive.

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Some folks want to see more people stopped and fined for their breaches, but others think the police should concentrate on other matters instead of holding people eating chips to account.

Let's be clear, it was illegal to smoke weed before the lockdown started. While there are certainly worse crimes out there, it's still definitely a crime.

One person in support of the coppers wrote: "I would love to see a lot more people stopped. I work as a community nurse on nights and the amount of people about is shocking."

However, another person said: "Stopping bragging about a draw of weed."

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Smoking weed is still illegal, lockdown or not. Credit: PA
Smoking weed is still illegal, lockdown or not. Credit: PA

Another commented: "Stabbings, guns, burglaries and they focus on a couple of people having fish and chips outside?

"Whilst I'm all for following rules and clamping down on parties etc - this is a new low for policing and not how I would like my tax spending."

In recent times, South Yorkshire Police have dealt with a number of restrictions breaches, including a party of more than 30 people that was broken up in Rotherham on 12 February.

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The host of that party was given a £10,000 fine, the police said.

They also handed out over £34,000 in fines at a flat party that was being held in student accommodation in Sheffield earlier in February.

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Topics: UK News, Food And Drink, Drugs, Weird

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