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.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 10:11 am
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 10:48 am

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.

Police had stopped to assist a broken down vehicle in Watergate Lane, Bolton where the four occupants told them they were travelling from Preston to Bolton "to pick up a takeaway"

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."

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