Motorist fined for driving 20 miles to eat kebab in Cheddar Gorge


A A motorist who drove 20 miles to eat a kebab at Cheddar Gorge has been fined £ 200 for breaking Covid-19 Third Lockdown Rules.

Avon and Somerset Police said the Bristol driver was one of several ordered to leave the beauty site. Seven were fined for leaving their homes on Saturday without a reasonable excuse.
Officers were reportedly “totally in disbelief” after catching a visitor sitting in their car enjoying a kebab at a rest area at the National Trust historic site near the village of Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
The force tweeted: “Traveling from Bristol to Cheddar to sit and eat kebabs in your vehicle is not a reasonable excuse! staysafe. ”

Under current national rules, people are urged to stay indoors to protect the NHS and save lives.
Outdoor exercise is a reasonable excuse to leave the government-specified home, but it should be done locally if possible.
Police have been told to give a verbal warning to blurers before issuing a £ 200 fine.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset forces said: “Police patrolling Cheddar on Saturday engaged with a number of people who were sitting in cars parked at Cheddar Gorge.

“The officers made the decision to issue fixed penalty notices to seven people who they said were not residents of the area, were not members of the same household and had no valid reason for their travel under current COVID-19 regulations.

“We are asking people to follow the regulations, to travel only when essential and to exercise locally at their homes, in order to save lives and protect the NHS.”

More than 50 tourists were arrested by police in the Cotswolds, and a number of people who had traveled from Bristol and Wales have been told to leave.

Derbyshire Police have been criticized for fining two women £ 200 after driving separately to walk to a secluded beauty spot around five miles from their home.


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