Worst excuses for breaking lockdown – Travelling from Kent to Cornwall ‘for fresh air’ and 120 miles for ‘cheap bread’ – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS lockdown rules have been put in place to save lives – but still some Brits are still hitting the road with ridiculous excuses such as traveling 500 miles for "fresh air" and looking for "cheap bread".

More than 9,000 fines have been handed out by police to people who have been caught flouting the lockdown.

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Police have been given the power to hand out penalties of up to £60, which double for each repeat offence up until a maximum of £960.

Britain continues to suffer under the coronavirus, with the death toll now exceeding 27,500 and infection cases still rising as the total soared above 170,000.

Government officials have warned the lockdown will continue unless people obey the rules, with some fearing Brits are getting restless with reports of increased footfall and traffic on the roads.

And as some people still don't listen, here are some of the very worst excuses for breaking the coronavirus lockdown.


Traffic cops were unimpressed when they spotted a man in a van taking to the roads with a boat in tow – who embarrassingly had also broken down.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police's joint roads policing team shared a picture of the brazen lockdown flouter on Twitter on April 12.

He had stopped near Bodmin and claimed he had gone to pick up the little wooden boat he had purchased on a trailer.

In a post, the cops said: "Driving across the county (and then breaking down on a hill) to collect the second hand boat you just bought is not an essential journey either."

Social media users joked the man must have had a "sinking feeling" and urged the cops to seize the boat and "smash it up for firewood".


One driver was fined after he was caught driving 110mph on the M1 during a 240 mile round trip to buy cheap bread.

Police said they stopped the man – who had two young children in the backseats – as he was travelling back to Nottingham.

The man was stopped near Junction 22 near Coventry.

He claimed he had been to London – 120 miles away from Nottingham – to buy bread as it was £1 cheaper.

The driver was handed a £60 fine for breaching the lockdown rules, and also handed a notice for speeding to be dealt with by the courts.


A couple were both issued fines after they claimed they had traveled down to Newquay from London on a day trip to get some "fresh air".

With 250 miles each way, it was a 500 mile round trip for the duo that may have cost them an additional £120.

Taking to Twitter, East Cornwall Specials said: "Whilst on patrol in Newquay this afternoon penalty notices were issued to a couple who had travelled down from London for the day to get some fresh air.”

The force reminded people to only travel for essentials during the lockdown.

It came as another couple made a round trip to Cornwall from Surrey because they were "stressed about their exams".

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Police were called to a barbecue in Sheffield as a group were defying social distancing measures.

As they tried to break up the party however, one of the residents moaned "but the burgers aren't done" on April 15.

Cops shared a pictured of the sad-looking disposal barbecue sat on a wall on Facebook.

The force said: "The group were asked to pack up and they left the area returning to their home addresses.

"We thank those that are adhering to the rules and remaining at home – its saving lives and protecting our NHS."


Gwent Police had a laugh when they confronted a lockdown flouter who confessed he was on his way to buy drugs.

The force released a list of outrageous excuses their officers had been given on April 26 as they urged people to obey the rules.

One of which was the rule breaker who confessed: "I'm taking my mate into Newport to buy drugs."

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: "We understand this is a difficult time for all people.

"The vast majority of our communities are adhering to the guidance and we are grateful for the real difference they are making.

"A small minority are continuing to go against these guidelines."

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