A camper van driver who travelled 100 miles from Bristol to Devon has been fined for flouting the lockdown rules.
The driver was caught by police at a coastal beauty spot yesterday (April 3), Devon Live reports, having planned to stay there overnight.
Officers noticed the van parked up at a popular walking and picnic area called Trentishoe Common, which is part of Exmoor National Park.
They ordered the camper to return home, making for a 200-mile round trip.
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In a tweet shared by Lynton Police last night (Sunday), an officer wrote: “Sorry to have to say but today I had to issue my first fine for a COVID 19 breach.
“Someone thought it was acceptable to travel all the way from Bristol to Trentishoe Common North Devon in their camper van to camp overnight. Fined and sent back home.”
One person who responded to the tweet said the area had been noticeably busier in recent days.
Another Exmoor resident said: “Very irresponsible people, only consider themselves, please send away all those who think the safety rules do not apply to them.”
Police have the power to issue £60 penalty fines for anyone caught breaking the lockdown restrictions, which reduces to £30 if paid within two weeks.
Repeat offenders can be given double that for a second offence, and even costlier fines for any breaches thereafter.
The lockdown rules restrict people to essential travel only, with concerns that more cars on the roads will result in more potential for accidents and more pressure on the emergency services.
Since the laws came into force a few weeks ago, Avon and Somerset Police have received more than 16,000 reports of people breaking them in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
More than 100 fines have been issued in Bristol alone.
Other examples of people caught travelling long distances despite the lockdown include people who drove a 100-mile round trip to a Welsh beauty spot, and Bristol walkers who travelled to Wales to climb a mountain.