Three men fined for breach of coronavirus restrictions after driver travelled more than 100 miles to visit family

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North-East police have fined three men for breach of coronavirus restrictions after discovering one of them had driven more than 100 miles to visit family.

Cleveland Police officers were on patrol and speaking to people about the rules this morning, Tuesday, April 7, when they came across three family members in a vehicle.

The driver had travelled from the Manchester area to visit a family member in Norton before the pair both then travelled to pick up a third family member in Thornaby.

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The guidelines are that you should not make ANY unnecessary journey.

Three men have been fined for breach of the coronavirus regulations.Three men have been fined for breach of the coronavirus regulations.
Three men have been fined for breach of the coronavirus regulations.

Cleveland Police said it was believed that the trio were about to visit the bank and then go shopping when the vehicle was stopped.

The men, all aged in their 30s, were spoken to and issued with warnings, advice and fines of £60. Any unpaid fines could result in a court summons.

Inspector Darren Birkett said the circumstances meant there had been little choice but to fine the men, adding: “Officers have been out and about speaking with people and encouraging those who are in breach of the regulations to return home in order to save lives and protect our NHS,” he said.

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“Officers felt that the circumstances that they were faced with in this case meant that enforcement action was necessary.

“Anyone who does not respect the regulations and refuses to comply with our officers can expect to find themselves in receipt of a fine, a summons to court or potentially both.”

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