A love-struck boyfriend who drove 100 miles to meet up with his girlfriend at an isolated beauty spot ended up being fined for breaching covid regulations after police interrupted their private meeting.
The Peugeot driver had decided to make the trip from Lancashire to spend some alone time with his girlfriend, who lives in Leicestershire.
So after picking her up from her home, they decided to head to Staunton Harold Reservoir in South Derbyshire, where they thought their meeting at the rural spot would not be interrupted.
However, their moment of passion was lost when they were challenged by patrolling police and fined for breaching covid regulations as the journey was not essential and they were not in a support bubble.
The man was sent back home to Lancashire, a 200-mile round trip, with a £200 fine, and police joked that his “peck in a Peugeot” was not allowed during lockdown. His girlfriend was also fined the same, reports StaffordshireLive.
A spokesperson for the Melbourne and Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “100-mile journey for a peck in a Peugeot.
“A man has been fined for making an unpalatable 100-mile-plus non-essential journey from Lancashire to Derbyshire for an encounter with his girlfriend.
“Officers from Melbourne and Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) came across the courting couple in the Peugeot at Staunton Harold Reservoir, near the village of Melbourne.
“The male decided to make the staggering 200-mile round trip from Lancashire to spend time with his partner, who lives in Leicestershire.
“Having picked her up from her home in Leicestershire, the thoughtless twosome then travelled on to the well-known beauty spot in Derbyshire.
“But their private moment was interrupted when officers challenged why they were at the reservoir, which closes its doors to the public at 4pm.
“Officers informed the pair that their journey was indeed non-essential and they were not in a support bubble– and were then both handed £200 fixed penalty notices.
“Your safer neighbourhood team will continue to patrol Melbourne and Mercia, ensuring that regulations are adhered to.