Mansfield residents fined for breaking Covid-19 lockdown by driving to Chesterfield

Police in Chesterfield handed Covid-19 fixed penalty notices to four residents who travelled from Mansfield to the town over the weekend.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 12:43 pm

Officers from Newbold Safer Neighbourhood Police Team were patrolling hot spot areas in Chesterfield over February 27 and 28, including Tesco on Lockoford Lane, following numerous reports that cars had been illegally gathering.

During the checks, police caught four occupants who had driven from Mansfield, despite the current lockdown restrictions, to Newbold and were gathering in the supermarket’s car park.

All four people were handed £200 fixed penalty notices for making an unnecessary journey in defiance of the current coronavirus measures.

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Residents from Mansfield broke lockdown by travelling to Chesterfield last weekend. Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/ AFP via Getty Images.
Residents from Mansfield broke lockdown by travelling to Chesterfield last weekend. Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/ AFP via Getty Images.

Police believe other vehicles had also travelled to Chesterfield from the Mansfield area and said they will be regularly patrolling the Tesco car park in Newbold ‘along with many other hot spot areas’.

In a post on Facebook, officers urged people to abide by the lockdown rules to stay local and only make necessary journeys to avoid being fined.

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