Coronavirus: Student fined after taking 360-mile round trip from to Conventry from Sheffield
West Midlands Police have issued a Covid-19 Fien after a student travelled 360 miles to give a friend a lift from the airport.
He thought it was ok because he was wearing a mask to prevent any viruses being spread.
Cops stopped the student and found out he had breached the coronavirus lockdown rules after they found he had driven from Coventry to Sheffield.
He thought it would be alright to give one of his mates a lift despite the Coronavirus Lockdown.
West Midlands Police has said “Officers were on patrol in Coventry city centre at 10.15am today (17 April) when they pulled over a car spotted being driven erratically.
“Checks on the car, which was stopped in Corporation Street, showed it was registered to an address in Sheffield.”
Police went onto say that he’d driven to the city via the M1 from Sheffield to give his friend a lift.
He had been travelling to the city to pick his friend up and take hin to the airport to save him the taxi money.
That plan backfired when cops stopped the car and ordered him to go back home.
Police added “The driver admitted driving to the city this morning down the M1 from Sheffield to collect a friend − and had been planning on taking the passenger to Heathrow Airport to save him the taxi money.”
He student who is aged 20 was issued a fine and advised to return to his own home in Yorkshire.
Coventry Police Sergeant Darren Walden, said: “It’s quite astonishing someone would plan a 360-mile round trip the day after the government extended the national stay-at-home lockdown instructions.
“The driver came down to the city with his flatmate and was in the process of picking up a friend who had a flight booked from Heathrow.
“The excuse the driver gave was that he wanted to save his friend paying for a taxi − and felt he was OK making the journey as he was wearing a mask.
“Most people we encounter are adhering to the lockdown rules and only heading out for food or medicine essentials, exercise or work that can’t be done at home.
“Our officers are continuing to speak to people they encounter to ensure they understand what’s being asked of them and to instruct people to return home if they are found flouting the government’s order.
“But we will take enforcement action, and issue fines, if we believe it is necessary.”