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Police stop drivers on non-essential journeys

George Roberts

Crime recording by Thames Valley Police rated 'inadequate'

Police have threatened to fine people making unnecessary journeys after they stopped a man who was driving to his mother’s house to jet wash her patio.

Over the weekend, Thames Valley Police officers stopped several people deemed to be making ‘non-essential’ journeys.

This included one man who was driving a 50-mile round trip to go shopping, and another on the way to his mother's house to jet wash her patio.

The government’s guidance is that people should only leave their homes for essential supplies, exercise or health reasons, or for essential work.

In a post on Facebook, Thames Valley Police said: “Trips like these are not essential and are putting a strain on emergency services. 

“Additionally, going out on a motorbike does not count as self-isolation.

“We will always aim to engage with people and explain the new regulations to them, but fines may be handed out to people continuing to make unnecessary journeys.”

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  • Stranger

    13:31, 08 April 2020

    There is no law against taking a 50-mile round trip to go shopping, if you're going out to buy essential food and medicines. That doesn't mean you should, and, indeed, it could even be foolish and irresponsible, but it's important to note there's no law against it. The police can only enforce the law, not guidance notes from ministers. It's a fundamental principle of the legal system of England and Wales that a person is allowed to do as they please as long as they don't break the law.

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