Selfish and ridiculous reasons for flouting covid rules in Cheshire

Despite the third wave of coronavirus making for a turbulent and tragic start to 2021, police have had to deal with plenty of people who couldn’t seem to get their heads round rules designed to protect everyone from the ravages of the virus.

For the most part, people have been following the advice and doing their bit to combat the spread of the covid-19.

However, there remains a small number of people breaking the restrictions for various – and often ridiculous – reasons.

We take a look below at some of the coronavirus rule breaking that has taken place in Cheshire so far this year.

Two people fined for breaking lockdown rules after dramatic river rescue

Two people were fined after breaking lockdown rules which saw their non-essential journey end up in a dramatic river rescue.

Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team officers were called on the evening of January 11 to reports of a vehicle in the river in Clough Brook near Macclesfield.

Police and teams from Cheshire Fire and Rescue and North West Ambulance all attended the incident after initial reports suggested a man was stuck inside the vehicle.

However when emergency services arrived they found no one at the scene apart from the vehicle which was submerged in water.

Emergency services remained at the scene until the driver was traced and found to be safe and well.

The area and vehicle were scanned using thermal cameras and checks were also made in the river.

The occupants of the vehicle were out using the nearby Green Lane and were later located when they returned to the vehicle in order to recover it.

Police later revealed that the two people had been fined for breaking lockdown rules.

Visit to Macclesfield Forest costs Manchester friends £1,000

Three friends from Manchester were fined £1,000 for breaking lockdown rules by travelling to Macclesfield Forest towards the end of January.

The trio were caught speeding down the area’s narrow lanes at 60mph and were eventually pulled over by police.

Officers from Cheshire Police and Rural Crime team noticed the car was missing a front headlight and had its bumper held together with tape.

PC Tether said: “We eventually managed to stop the vehicle.

“To our surprise it contained three occupants all of which had travelled from the Manchester area and were not from the same household.

“On inspection of the vehicle, we confirmed front-end damage to the light and bumper held together with wrapping tape. In addition we further identified a bald tyre, bulge in the tyre wall and damage to the tyre wall (shredded).”

Officers also noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle and a search was then conducted.

Cannabis was located on two the individuals which led to the following offences being recorded:

“Prohibition order issued to the driver not to use the vehicle on a highway until the vehicle has been repaired (and will be required to be checked that the vehicle has been repaired before it is allowed to drive on the road).

“In this case, the vehicle was recovered and taken away.

“Traffic offence report (fine) for vehicle defects.

“One cannabis caution issued (first time offence).

“Penalty Notice for disorder (fine) issued to the driver in relation to cannabis being found with the vehicle.

“Three COVID-19 Fixed Penalty notices (fine) issued to all three occupants of the vehicle.

“Their trip out which will now cost around a £1,000, if not more. Don’t take the risk.”

Group flouted covid rules by travelling 61 miles to get McDonald’s

In mid-January, four friends from different households broke lockdown rules as they drove 61 miles to get a McDonalds.

The group travelled from Manchester, through Cheshire, to Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, so they could get their hands on a burger.

The four friends visited the takeaway’s Uttoxeter branch on the A50 on January 15, but were stopped by police before they had chance to purchase their fast food.

Police fined the group £200 each for the unnecessary trip.

Gym-goers fined for flouting lockdown rules after being caught working out

Three women who were caught working out at a gym were fined for flouting lockdown rules in mid-January.

Cheshire Police officers received a report that a gym was open for business in the Widnes area on Tuesday, January 12.

Officers from Cheshire Constabulary attended the premises that evening and found three women working out.

A spokesperson for the force said police spoke with the owner who was also in attendance.

The gym owner told officers they were aware of the coronavirus regulations and understood that the gym should not be open under new lockdown restrictions.

After ‘engaging and explaining’ the regulations, officers had no choice but to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to the owner of the gym and the three people using its facilities.

Cheshire teens caught breaking lockdown for mountain climb – in trainers

On January 10, police stopped a group of Cheshire teenagers from climbing a North Wales mountain in the dark – and in trainers.

The group of five, which included four teens, had travelled 70 miles from Ellesmere Port to climb Tryfan in Snowdonia.

However, the group were stopped by special constables when they were on their way to Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia.

The police then decided to report the group for flouting lockdown regulations.

‘Stupid’ driver who broke lockdown rules slammed by police – who got stuck trying to rescue him

Back at the start of January, police got stuck in snow after trying to rescue a driver who reportedly broke lockdown rules.

Officers from North Wales Police said a motorist had travelled from Ellesmere Port to Moel Famau Country Park, which had seen heavy snowfall and plummeting temperatures January 7.

Police said the driver ignored signs saying the road was closed and skidded on ice off the road and ’caused major issues.’

The force said they had two police vehicles on scene but due to the ‘atrocious’ weather they got stuck.

Due to the situation, police then has to call the local volunteer rescue group to help them.

The situation ended with officers saying the man in his 30s would receive a ‘hefty fine’ for his ‘irresponsible actions.’

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Covid rule-breakers claimed they ‘didn’t know there was a lockdown’

Two men in Crewe were fined after breaking coronavirus rules and telling police they didn’t know there was a lockdown in place.

On January 7, officers from the Crewe branch of Cheshire Constabulary fined the two men in the early hours of the morning.

Police said they were carrying out patrols in the area when around 3am they spotted the rule-breakers leaving a taxi without a face covering on.

The two men then went into a shop and bought a case of beer.

On leaving the store, officers approached the men to ‘engage and explain’ the lockdown measures and told them the importance of wearing face coverings.

The two men told the officers they were unaware there was a national lockdown in place.

The men also said they were ‘unaware of how their actions could result in the transmission of coronavirus.’

The pair were told by officers that they would be receiving a fixed penalty notice each for their ‘blatant breaching of coronavirus rules.’

Daytrippers rescued from snow

On January 5, Cheshire Police conducted a three-hour rescue mission to help 22 stranded individuals.

Officers initially received a call from one family with a young child who were stuck in their vehicle. The family had travelled from Manchester to the White Peak area of Cheshire.

After setting up an RV point at a local farm, two officers set off on foot to walk to the location, where they found 9 vehicles stranded with 22 people amongst them.

It turned out that all except one car was from out of Cheshire.

Officers began the one mile walk back to the RV point with the stranded passengers, who were later dropped off in Macclesfield.

Cheshire Live – Cheshire