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Motorcyclist and family fined for lockdown-breaching trips to the New Forest

A family from Poole travelled to Bolton's Bench in Lyndhurst for a walk
A family from Poole travelled to Bolton's Bench in Lyndhurst for a walk

A MOTORCYCLIST who rode from Christchurch to spend the day touring the New Forest’s roads was fined by police for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

He was caught on Sunday and handed a fixed-penalty notice. Police also fined a family who had travelled from Poole to enjoy a walk at Bolton’s Bench in Lyndhurst.

Despite these breaches, a police Facebook post praised those who continued to follow the lockdown rules.

In Dorset, however, the force’s Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya issued a message urging residents to continue to follow the Covid-19 national lockdown restrictions.

She said: “While people are allowed to leave home to exercise, the government is asking the public to stay local when doing so. This means staying in your village or town and not travelling further to other areas because you’d like to visit your favourite beauty spot.

“No matter how challenging it may be, it is really important for everyone to continue to follow the rules over the coming months.

“We all have a responsibility to stick to the restrictions to ensure that we can move forward and not have to take a step back.”

On Sunday at Lulworth and Durdle Door, more than 100 vehicles had to be turned around due to the volume of traffic in the area. Over five hours, 31 people were reported for breaching the travel rules.

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