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Eight friends fined for 350-mile round trip to Durdle Door in lockdown

Police officers were stunned to find two car loads of residents 150 miles from Coventry at a Dorset attracrtion. The sightseers have travelled from the city to the picturesque Lulworth Estate in Dorset only for their day out to be scuppered.
The eight mates drove 175 miles from Coventry to Durdle Door in Dorset (Picture: BPM)

Two car loads of friends have been fined after travelling 175 miles to visit a beauty spot during the lockdown.

The party drove down from Coventry to the idyllic Durdle Door in Dorset yesterday morning.

The eight people, aged in their 20s, were stopped by police when they arrived at about midday.

Each person was fined £200 and the cars were ordered to turn around as they clocked up a fruitless 350-mile round trip.

The group was described as being ‘blasé’ about the Covid restrictions, while the country is in the grips of a deadly wave of mutant Covid.

‘This lot had travelled down for Coventry for a day out at a beauty spot but unfortunately for them they arrived at the same time as the police,’ a Lulworth Rangers spokesperson said.

‘I was gobsmacked at what they had done. They were blatantly ignoring the rules. It was shocking.

‘There were eight of them in their 20s spread over the two cars. They were very blasé about the whole thing, even when they were given the £200 fines each.’

PA REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2020 File photo dated 01/06/20 of people enjoying the warm weather on the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, in Dorset, after the public were reminded to practice social distancing following a relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England. PA Photo. Issue date: Monday December 21, 2020. Councillor Vikki Slade, the leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, wrote to local MPs and the chief constable of Dorset Police after widespread scenes of irresponsible behaviour were witnessed across the beaches, including at the limestone arch of Durdle Door where three people were seriously injured after jumping off cliffs into the sea. See PA story XMAS Year. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Durdle Door was a popular attraction for Brits stuck at home during the summer (Picture: PA)

The Lulworth Estate has since posted on Facebook: ‘A gentle reminder that we are in a national lockdown.

‘If you are not local, please resist the urge to drive to Durdle Door, Lulworth or any site outside of your immediate vicinity for exercise.’

The group were predictably slammed online for their ‘insane’ behaviour.

‘What is wrong with people?’ one person asked. ‘Why can’t they abide to the rules? It’s insane.’

Another added: ‘What part of lockdown and pandemic is not being understood here?’

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