Two men from Preston are fined and escorted out of Lake District by police

Police in the Lake District are warning visitors from Lancashire to avoid driving to the national park during lockdown.

Saturday, 9th May 2020, 1:34 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th May 2020, 1:36 pm
Two 'lads from Preston' have been escorted out of the Lake District by police officers and issued fines for breaching lockdown restrictions

This morning (May 9), officers in Cumbria stopped two men in a Vauxhall who had driven to the Lakes from Preston.

Officers fined both men after they explained that they had 'just nipped for a drive out' to enjoy the Lakeland scenery.

The men were told to turn around and were escorted back to the southbound M6 for a return trip to Preston.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The officers shared their frustration with those flouting lockdown with a post on Twitter.

It said: "Two lads from Preston escorted out of the county and issued tickets for breaching Covid restrictions.

"Just a drive out is not an essential journey."

The force has also fined a number of other people who made the trip to the Lake District this bank holiday weekend.

This afternoon, officers in Cumbria stopped a family from Wigan on the A591 at Windermere.

Again, officers were casually told that the family had been "just out for a drive", despite the highly publicised warnings about non-essential travel.

The family were issued with fines for flouting the lockdown and escorted out of the area.

Elsewhere on the M6 near Lancashire, traffic officers stopped a car heading north at junction 43.

The officers found that a family of four had been heading from London to Motherwell, Scotland for a three-day break - an 800 mile round trip!

All four family members have been reported for breach of lockdown regulations and advised to return to London.