Devon’s recent ‘covidiots’ who flouted lockdown rules

Since the outbreak of coronavirus last year, communities across the UK have pulled together in order to adhere to the social distancing guidelines implemented by the government.

From the ever growing list of restrictions including hands, face and space, the majority of us have all done our bit to protect others from contracting this deadly virus.

One area of the lockdown restrictions that has sparked much debate is that of travel.

According to the government’s website, if you need to travel you should stay local. This means you should avoid travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live. You should reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

But unfortunately, a small minority have let the side down by breaking the rules for their own selfish interests.

The term ‘Covidiot(s)’ was coined last year to describe “a person who annoys other people by refusing to obey the social distancing rules designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19“.

Unfortunately, many have emerged over the past few months – including one slightly embarrassed couple who were caught ‘fornicating under the stars’, after they travelled to the moors.

Below we look at all of the covidiots who broke travel restrictions this lockdown.

Couple drive from Essex to pick up chinchilla

A couple drove down to Devon from Essex ‘to pick up a chinchilla’ in a blatant breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules, a police officer has revealed.

The couple were stopped by police on the A38 into Devon and Cornwall during lockdown – after driving more than 200 miles from Essex to reportedly pick up the rodent.

Unfortunately ‘buying a chinchilla’ is not on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s list of essential reasons people can travel during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

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Canoodling couple caught on Dartmoor

Earlier this month, one couple were left red-faced after they were caught ‘fornicating’ upon the moors.

Devon Live reported that police in Tavistock highlighted that Covid rule-breaking is not allowed – even for a bit of chilly slap and tickle on the moors.

The hardy souls appeared to have braved the embarrassment of it being cold and decided that it would be acceptable to make love in the face of the current coronavirus lockdown.

However, they did not take into account the risk of coitus interruptus on the part of the Tavistock Police, tasked with ensuring the Government’s guidelines are followed.

In a statement on Twitter, a spokesperson for Tavistock Police said: “Fornicating under the stars, on the moors, may seem like this years latest romcom, but it is not an essential journey and certainly breaks social distancing guidance.

“Please continue to abide by Covid-19 legislation to help prevent the spread of Covid.”

It is not known whether the couple were at the stage where they had been able to complete their moment of loving bliss, nor whether they had got a Covid-fine for their breach.

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Devon couple drive 250 miles for hospital appointment – nine days early

On February 13, Devon Live reported that police sent a Devon couple ‘packing’ after they travelled near on 250 miles to Essex for a hospital appointment – nine days early.

Police across the country have been very busy responding to clear and blatant breaches of Covid-19 restrictions, handing out fines to rule breakers who have had some very creative excuses.

According to Essex Live, the couple – who were sent back to the South West – were caught stopping off to stay with family in Benfleet.

Although an appointment was indeed booked, records showed they they weren’t due at the hospital for another nine days.

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Amanda Holden drives 200 miles to South West for ’emergency’ trip

Britain’s Got Talent TV star Amanda Holden has been left ‘devastated’ after angry neighbours reported her to the police after she drove over 200 miles through Devon on her way to Cornwall during lockdown.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge drove more than 200 miles to Cornwall in order to visit her parents despite the Covid-19 restrictions, after receiving a ‘distressing’ phone call from her step-father Leslie, 75.

The 49-year-old drove from her home in Richmond upon Thames to Cornwall to see both Leslie and her mum Judith, 71, on Friday, reports the Mirror.

It comes after Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez urged to celebrities avoid visiting the region during the third national lockdown last month.

Following the incident, Amanda has said that she’s devastated that she had to do what she did, however her representative explained that it had been an emergency and that the star takes Covid-19 rules very seriously.

Read the full story here.

Exeter covidiot drives family to Coventry for a kebab – then crashes on M5

Although it was toward the end of January, it is worth noting the incident in which a ‘covidiot’ from Exeter drove all the way to Coventry for a kebab, before crashing on the M5.

A dad drove from Exeter to Coventry with his young children in the car for a kebab – before crashing on the M5 on the way back.

He was around 350 miles into his road trip when he crashed his white BMW on the motorway near Portishead, according to Avon and Somerset police.

The family told officers they had travelled from Exeter to Coventry to pick up a kebab, and were on their way home when the smash occurred.

Officers fined the motorist for various offences, including driving with no licence or insurance, and coronavirus breaches, Bristol Live reports.

Read the full article here.

Covidiots on off-road bikes trash footpaths on Exmoor

Police have fired a warning after covidiots used off-road bikes to raise hell on Exmoor.

The bikers had been seen on public footpaths ‘causing a danger to members of the public who are horse riding or walking on them’.

Police are appealing for witnesses to make contact with them if they spot people breaking the rules.

In a statement on Facebook, a spokesperson for Lynton Police said: ”Just to clarify, most of Exmoor is classed as a SSSI site and has numerous Scheduled Monuments within it, you might not see them, but that does not mean they are not there.

”Under the Road Traffic Act using a mechanically propelled vehicle without lawful authority on common land, moorland, on any footpath or bridleway is an offence.

”Members of the public should be vigilant and report incidents to the police.”

They finished off by stating: ”This activity is also breaking the Coronavirus National Lockdown: STAY AT HOME regulations.”

Read the full article here.

Police warning after person drives 15-minutes for a walk

On January, 30 Devon Live reported that police officers in Devon urged people to stay in their local area and stop travelling unnecessarily – even if driving just 15 minutes away to go for a walk.

The warning came after officers stopped a motorist in Churston who had driven for around 20 minutes from Totnes to go for a walk, and just a few days after officers stopped another driver who had travelled from Newton Abbot to Brixham Breakwater.

A statement from Brixham Police, said: “Please remember why we are all in a National Lockdown – to protect the NHS.

“Last weekend, we had to speak to a driver who had come from Totnes to walk around Churston. The journey from Totnes would have taken approx. 21 minutes.

“During the week, we had to speak to someone who travelled from Newton Abbot to walk along the Brixham Breakwater, a journey of 32 minutes.

“Travelling from Paignton to Dartmoor takes approx. 26 minutes, Goodrington to the Coleton area takes 19 minutes, Paignton to Berry Head takes 15 minutes, Paignton to Babbacombe takes 15 minutes.

“I would suggest none of these journeys could be deemed essential or local for exercise when there are walks closer to people’s front doors.

“The Lockdown is designed to minimise contact between communities as the NHS is under extreme pressure at this time.

“Please think about the distances you travel to exercise and whether it is justified and consider whether it is worth a £200 fine if you decide to drive further afield.

“This weekend, stop the spread, stick to the rules.”

Read the full article here.

Police stop covidiot ‘driving to smoke drugs with friends’

On January 31, Devon Live reported that a motorist ‘on their way to smoke drugs with friends’ was stopped by police and issued a ticket for breaching lockdown rules, officers have confirmed.

A police officer who was at the scene – Sgt Steve BJ from the North Devon Roads Policing Unit – said officers stopped the driver on the A361 in South Molton.

He wrote on Twitter: “A361 South Molton. Driving to smoke drugs with your friends gets you a Covid ticket.

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“You also get a free drug wipe.

“The driver provided a positive drug test for cannabis and is now on [their] way to Barnstaple Custody to be processed. It never ends…”

Read the full article here.

Covidiots travelled to Devon seafront for fish and chips

On January 17, Devon Live reported that police fired off another warning after a group of covidiots travelled from Torquay to Teignmouth just for fish and chips.

Teignmouth and Dawlish Police saiid they are having to deal with a surge of rule-breakers in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area carrying out non-essential journeys during this Covid-19 lockdown.

The local force has taken to its Facebook page to share its important message.

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The force said: “We have noticed a huge increase in people out and about in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area.

“When questioning where they have travelled from we are receiving answers that are outside their local area. This is causing the virus to spread from area to area. Please note we are only monitoring where you have travelled from because travelling also increases the possibility of road traffic collisions, which then means our already stretched officers have to deal with an incident, that at this time could be avoided- by stating in your local area.”

Read the full article here.

Man fined more than £1,000 for throwing illegal rave

Although the incident took place last summer, it is worth noting that this month a man was been fined more than £1,000 for throwing an illegal overnight party in a sleepy East Devon village.

Moby John Hill, 48, from Hawkchurch in Axminster, recently appeared in court after the large-scale event exceeded coronavirus restrictions between the evening of July 31 through to August 1, 2020.

The rule-breaking party took place at Courshay Cottage and its adjoining land and broke the 30 guest rule in place at the time.

Despite being told to turn off its music and close the event, he failed to comply.

He was fined £1,173, ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £117 and to pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Read the full story here.

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