Motorcyclists fined for 220-mile round trip to buy fish and chips in Whitby

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TWO bikers who made a 220-mile round trip for a fish and chips were fined for violating the coronavirus locking rules.

They had traveled from Rochdale in Greater Manchester to Whitby in North Yorkshire where they were arrested, fined and sent home by the police before even going to the chippy.

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    Two bikers who went to Whitby de Rochdale for fish and chips were fined1
Two bikers who went to Whitby de Rochdale for fish and chips were fined

Posting on Facebook, North Yorkshire police said, “Although Whitby generally welcomes visitors to taste our best fish and chips, due to the current climate, this is not a reasonable trip.

“The Whitby neighborhood police team was patrolling the A169 and arrested two motorcyclists who came from Rochdale solely for fish and chips.

“Both were sent back home and fined. “

The Whitby neighborhood police team said the trip was not a “reasonable trip”.

In another incident, they fined a couple Monday evening who drove from Boston Spa to Whitby to “smell the sea”.

They said, “This is not a reasonable excuse to travel to our area and they were told to go home immediately. “

North Yorkshire police said on Monday that people “openly ignore” the lockdown rules when visiting local beauty spots.

A force spokesman said, “This weekend [2/3 May] turned out to be another busy weekend for the North Yorkshire police, with the force seeing no drop in the number of visitors to the area or the number of fines imposed.

“Sixty-one fines were imposed on Saturday and Sunday, with Malham again proving to be a” hot spot “for excursionists out of the area, with 12 of the 61 fines imposed nearby. “

Last week, a couple who traveled 300 miles from Kent to Cornwall for a “mini break” saw their car seized by a cop who was not impressed. He broke the lock rules.

They were found asleep in their car before admitting that they had driven to the coast – flouting the strict restrictions protecting the country.

And two men were caught breaking the lock rules while traveling 440 miles round trip from Oldham to buy a “cheaper” car in Glasgow.

Over 9,000 fines have been imposed by police in England and Wales for people who break the lock.

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