Four from Preston hit with fines after 50-mile "takeaway trip" to Bolton and back
Four people from Preston were fined £100 each after a 50-mile round trip to Bolton for a takeaway.
Officers were given the bizarre excuse after stopping to help the four friends whose car had broken down in Watergate Lane, just off junction 4 of the M61 on Friday (January 15).
They told officers that they had travelled 25-miles down the M61 to "pick up a takeaway", and had been on their way home when they broke down on the approach to the motorway.
All four have been fined £100 each for breaching coronavirus restrictions in regards to non-essential travel and socialising with other households.
A police spokesman said: "On Friday evening in Bolton, officers stopped to assist a broken down vehicle on Watergate Lane and subsequently four FPN's were issued to the occupants who said they were travelling from Preston to Bolton to pick up a takeaway."
GMP said the incident was one of 110 fines issued to people suspected of flouting lockdown rules across Greater Manchester between 3pm on Friday and 7am on Sunday.
On Sunday, a pair of students from Preston were fined after being stopped on a 180-mile road trip to Sheffield and Liverpool.
You can read more on their story here.