THREE pals have been fined £200 each for travelling from 100 miles apart to meet for "exercise" – at McDonald's.
Police spotted the smashed up Mercedes in the drive-thru in Chesterfield, Derbyshire – and after speaking to the three men inside, cops realised they were all from different parts of the country.
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Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary fined the three men in the car – which had a smashed front windscreen and no wipers – for their non-essential journey.
One of the men lived in Lancashire, and two came from Leicestershire to meet up in Derbyshire.
And on top of the £200 Covid fine – the men were stripped of their vehicle because the condition of the car was too bad to be on the roads.
This meant that the three blokes had to find their own ways home.
In a tweet, Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit joked the men had decided to drive to McDonald's for exercise.
They said: "Chesterfield. Three friends visiting the very well known exercise location of McDonald's at Hornsbridge.
"Two from Leicestershire and one from Lancashire. Smashed front screen and no wipers.
"Prohibited from further movement. Covid tickets. #PG9 #StayHome."
Today, it was announced that police will "move quickly" to fine people for being outside of their home in breach of lockdown rules.
Met Police leader Dame Cressida Dick said it was "preposterous" people didn't know the rules and vowed to crack down on lockdown flouters.
And Boris Johnson warned yesterday lockdown rules may be tightened again to stop Covid spreading even further.
Banning exercise with people not in the same household bubble and making masks compulsory in busy outdoor areas are said to be under consideration.
Supermarkets have also clamped down on Covid flouters as Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have all banned shoppers who refuse to wear face masks.
And Priti Patel tonight blasted a "minority putting the nation at risk" as she announced that more police will be deployed onto the streets.
The Home Secretary issued a stark warning for everyone to play their part and behave responsibly to help push cases down – or ministers may impose even stricter lockdown rules.
This comes as the daily Covid deaths today jumped by more than 1,000 again as cases rose by a further 45,533.
The total number of people who have died from the disease now stands at 83,203 as a mutant strain continues to rampage across the country.
The total number of infections is now 3,164,051 after 45,533 more tested positive.
This is lower than yesterday when 46,169 more cases were reported but today's death toll of 1,243 is higher than the 529 recorded.
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