Police forces reveal worst excuses for breaking lockdown from camping trips to climbing Snowdon


Police forces reveal worst excuses for breaking lockdown from camping trips to climbing Snowdon

Since lockdown was imposed across the UK on March 23 it’s fair to say everyone has struggled.

Most people have managed to obey social distancing rules introduced in a bid to help stop the spread of coronavirus, and this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK was past its peak.

But as forces reveal the number of fines issued they have also began to reveal some of the worst excuses offered.

Northumbria Police said they found a group who had travelled some 40 miles for a camping trip, as well as disrupting a woodland barbecue which posed a serious fire risk.

Nationally, there have been an array of astounding excuses offered for people ignoring rules about unnecessary journeys and seeing people outside of their household.

Elsewhere North Wales police have had to turn away day-trippers from Snowdonia.

Motorists who were stopped near Snowdon in north Wales also conjured up imaginative excuses.

They included:

  • I drove from Birkenhead to walk up Snowdon because I was bored
  • I made a 52-mile round trip to buy CBD oil
  • I have driven from Norfolk ‘to exchange a motorbike’
  • I have driven from Shropshire ‘to pick up a table from mum’
  • I came from Birkenhead ‘to pick up a bed’

While Gwent Police shared some excuses offered when people were stopped in South Wales.

  • I’ve been to buy nail clippers for the dog
  • My son is a rubbish cook so I take him food every day
  • I’m taking my quad bike for a walk and I promise I am not going to ride it around a field
  • I’ve just been to feed the fish
  • I don’t watch the news – what’s going on?
  • I’m taking my mate into Newport to buy drugs
  • I thought I heard someone may be in trouble, so I came to have a look but I don’t know their name or remember the person who told me it




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