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Group fined £200 each after driving 150 miles to Peak District where car flipped

Eleven Londoners who drove 150 miles to hike in the Peak District were caught breaking coronavirus restrictions after one of them flipped their car.

Each member of the group was fined £200 after travelling three hours from Harrow to spend the day in Derbyshire on Monday when both areas were in tier four lockdown.

Buxton Police shared pictures of the car crash which took place hours before England was plunged into a third national lockdown.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Derbyshire Police seized one of the three vehicles after discovering it was uninsured, leaving the owner to take the train home.

News of the outing spurred outrage in the Buxton community, with locals complaining of ‘selfish people from all over the country coming in every day’.

Kathryn Donnelly said: ‘What part of the Queen’s English don’t they understand?And if they don’t understand English/the lockdown rules, why not??


‘Selfish behaviour. Stiffer penalties required. £200 isn’t painful enough.’

Aaron Banks commented on Facebook: ‘You would not think we in the grip of a pandemic, our area has been busier than ever.

‘I don’t get the moronic attitude of people just ignoring a killer virus. What is wrong with people?’

London entered tier four on December 20, meaning anyone caught travelling outside of the city could face a fine if they flouted ‘stay at home’ rules.

Derbyshire followed on New Year’s Eve, although the whole country is now in a national lockdown as coronavirus cases surge.

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