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Couple fined after driving 265 miles for "day trip" to Cornwall

Couple fined after driving 265 miles for "day trip" to Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:36am 2nd May 2020. (Updated at 9:42am 4th May 2020)

A couple have been fined after driving 265 miles from Surrey to Cornwall for a "day trip".

The pair told police they took they trip to St Ives because of the pressure of an upcoming exam.

They spent one hour in the Cornish seaside town before they were caught by officers and issued with a £60 fine, for breaking the government's coronavirus lockdown rules.

Their trip was then cut short and they were sent back home.

In a statement on Facebook officers said:

“From Surrey to St Ives for an hour! Today our Officers attended the pier in St Ives where a couple had been spotted by concerned residents.

“It transpired that the couple had driven 265 miles from Surrey for a day trip due to forthcoming exam pressure and thought their trip essential.

“Both were issued with COVID-19 penalty notices and immediately decided to cut their outing short and return home.

“All in all a very long 530 mile round trip for an hour by the sea.”

Penzance Police

Under government guidelines people should not make unnecessary journeys and should only travel for food, medical reasons or work, if you cannot work from home.

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