Group of 11 fined for driving from London to Peak District after one crashes car

The group were caught by police flouting Covid laws after one driver flipped his car on the A6013 near Bamford, Derbys., following a day in the countryside.

They had travelled all the way from London in three separate vehicles on Monday on the day Boris Johnson announced Britain’s third lockdown.

The men, from Harrow, North London, who were embarking on the three hour journey home, were each handed £200 penalties for travelling between tier four areas.

Derbyshire Police also seized one of the three vehicles due to it being uninsured and sent its owner home on a train.

The driver of the car which ended up on its roof was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.

Sharing photos of the crashed car, Buxton Police wrote: “Last night a group of 11 came up from Harrow(London) In three cars.

“One crashed. One car seized due to driver not being insured and was sent home on the train. All 11 will now be getting a fixed penalty notice of £200.”

Angry residents took to social media with many saying the area had been heaving with tourists travelling from across the country.

Jenny Fletcher said on Twitter : “My partner is the manager at a petrol station just outside Buxton. Got people from all over the country coming in everyday.

“Said today was really busy. Since when is a can of pop an essential item!! Stay at home!!”

Kathryn Donnelly wrote: “What part of the Queen’s English don’t they understand??

“And if they don’t understand English/the lockdown rules, why not??

“Selfish behaviour. Stiffer penalties required. £200 isn’t painful enough.”

Aaron Banks commented on Facebook : “You would not think we in the grip of a pandemic, our area has been busier than ever.

“I don’t get the moronic attitude of people just ignoring a killer virus. What is wrong with people?”

Chris Carrington said: “Sounds like a normal day. More needs to be done to stop people travelling unnecessarily. Harsher punishments for breaking the rules.”

Pam Mycock added: “What part of stay local don’t people understand hope they get a good fine.also putting police at risk.”

Lee Guard said: “While I wouldn’t wish anyone any harm – WHY? Which part of stay local do they not understand?”

London was plunged into Tier four on December 20 meaning anyone caught travelling outside of the city could face a fine if they flouted the ‘stay at home’ order.