Man sent home at Devon border after driving motorhome from Midlands mid-lockdown
A man who was driving out of Birmingham in a motorhome was stopped at the Devon border and sent home by police.
The unnamed man was stopped by police during a spot check on roads in the southern region this week.
He was pulled over when cops spotted he was in a motorhome, and when he revealed where he had come from and where he was going, the man was sent packing back to the Midlands.
Police said the driver's actions were 'not in the spirit of fighting the virus' and sent them back to the West Midlands, reports Devon Live.
On Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the UK they were only allowed to leave home to do essential shopping for food and medical items, exercise once a day and for essential work if you were unable to do so from home.
To help enforce this a new law was passed on Thursday allowing police to give either on-the-spot fines or arrest and they can use reasonable force to ensure the public complies with an order to disperse and go home.
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A Sergeant with the North Devon RPU tweeted: "Birmingham to North Devon is not in the spirit of fighting the Virus. The North Devon Roads Policing team are patrolling and will stop and ask why you are on the roads.
"This gentleman is now on his way back to the midlands! #Covid19#Police"
Furious locals took responded, one wrote: "I love in Devon and see them every night when I'm coming home from work (from the hospital) on their way down south.
"Police can't catch them all. We need border control! Makes me so mad, who are these arrogant people!!! Rant over."
While another added: "People who don't take this seriously should be slapped with a big fine."
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