Men fined for breaking lockdown rules after travelling from Isle of Wight to the New Forest to buy a car

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Police stopped the car after spotting three men in it

THREE men were fined for breaking lockdown rules after travelling to the New Forest from the Isle of Wight to buy a second-hand car.

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The trio were in a vehicle stopped by police just before midday yesterday (Thursday) in Ower.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: “Officers conducted a routine stop of a vehicle at 11.55am yesterday in the village of Ower. It comes after officers spotted three men in the same vehicle.”

The men, aged 22 and 23 from East Cowes and a 18-year-old from Wootton, were reported for summons in relation to a fixed penalty notice for a breach of health protection regulations.

The spokesman added: “Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage the public around the current health protection regulations. We will take enforcement action where blatant breaches of the legislation are observed.”

A post from New Forest Cops said: “PC Steven Norris has today fined three men for breaking the latest lockdown laws. They were stopped in their car having driven to the New Forest from the Isle of Wight via Dorset. The purpose of their trip: to look at a second hand car.

“Stay at home unless your journey is essential.”

As reported in the A&T, police criticised visitors who packed New Forest car parks last weekend, with some having travelled from as far as Guildford.

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