Group fined for travelling more than 10 miles to get a takeaway in lockdown

Police joined forces with partner agencies for the operation

Essex Police has been cracking down on those breaching Covid-19 guidelines.

Four people who travelled to Chelmsford for a takeaway and a woman who tested positive but failed to self-isolate have all been fined for breaching coronavirus rules. 

Essex Police said there have been a number of scenarios where people have broken the government's guidelines surrounding Covid-19 in January. 

Among them was a Braintree woman who was issued with a £200 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to self-isolate despite testing positive for the disease.

The woman left her home at least twice after receiving a positive result, despite the legal requirement to self-isolate for 10 days.

Officers also handed out fines to four people from different households who travelled together from Maldon to Chelmsford for a takeaway on the evening of Saturday, January 16.

On the same day they were called to reports of nuisance riding in woods near to Tiptree, where they seized a number of quadbikes. 

Essex Police said it is continuing to take a common-sense approach to policing the guidelines, by first engaging with people, before explaining the situation and encouraging them to do the right thing.

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However, officers said when there are clear and blatant breaches they will pursue enforcement.