Four 'mates' from different households fined for driving to West Yorkshire from Oldham for a takeaway

Four people all from different households have been fined for breaking Covid lockdown rules after they were caught travelling from Oldham to West Yorkshire for a takeaway.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 4:45 pm

A person was driving three of their 'mates' to West Yorkshire for takeaway food before they were caught by police on the M62 at Huddersfield.

Officers stopped the silver Ford Focus as it showed up as an untaxed car, and seized the vehicle.

Police also issued four Covid fines to the 'mates' as they were breaching lockdown restrictions by travelling.

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Four people have been fined for breaking lockdown rules - as the vehicle they were travelling in was seized for being untaxed (photo: West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit)

The current 'Stay at Home' law means you should not travel outside your local area.

A tweet from a West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Officer said: "M62 Huddersfield.

"If you come to West Yorkshire, from Oldham, with 3 mates from different households, for take away food, in an untaxed car, this is what happens.

Police stopped the vehicle because it was untaxed (photo: West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit)

"Vehicle seized and 4 Covid fines issued. #team5 #OpsR."

It comes after West Yorkshire Police revealed there were 'lots and lots' of Covid breaches in the region over the weekend - as officers warned that 'everyone' knows the rules now.

The force pleaded with the public to 'STAY home' and 'STAY safe' on Saturday night after an evening of numerous Covid rule-breakers.

Last week, the force warned parents that fines for teenagers gathering in groups and breaking lockdown rules would fall on them.

If you break the current coronavirus rules, the police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups.

The government guidance states: "This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

"You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

"If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000."

West Yorkshire Police has created an online form to use to report any suspected coronavirus restriction breaches.