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Police fine drivers for breaching restrictions

Fines were handed out to five people in the same vehicle who had come from Slough to buy a car, despite the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

It was one of more than a 1,000 vehicles stopped by Gloucestershire police in the past week and while the vast majority were obeying the rules, a handful were issued with fines.

Among the recipients was a motorist driving friends from Bristol to Wales and someone making repeated short trips to visit a friend.

Drivers were also turned back after travelling to second homes from Birmingham, Hampshire, Northamptonshire and London while fines were issued to three people, who were not from the same household, found using a quad bike in woods close to Stroud.

Officers were also called to disperse groups of swimmers in lakes across Stroud and a large group at a skate park in Gloucester.

Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden said: "I am grateful to the public who, in most cases, are complying with the measures.

"I understand that some people are beginning to get frustrated with the lockdown, but we must continue to show patience and follow the Government guidance.

"My officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the social distancing regulations and encourage those who are out without a reasonable excuse to return home.

"It is important that we continue to act responsibly and maintain our focus on protecting the NHS and saving lives."

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