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Police give guidance to Maidstone driver after lockdown 'drive out' from Kent to Rutland




Police have expressed dismay after speaking to a motorist who took a 280-mile 'ride out' during lockdown.

PC Joe Lloyd from Oakham spoke to the driver, who said they were visiting Rutland from Maidstone in Kent.

Rutland police are spending time speaking with motorists, bikers and cyclists in an effort to deter non-essential travel and to help protect residents of the county from the spread of coronavirus.

PC Joe Lloyd said that a couple in a car had been stopped in Oakham.

He said the police "explained the regulations", adding: "They wanted to enjoy a drive out but hadn’t planned to stop anywhere in particular."

In a further Tweet, PC Lloyd said: "Think it’s also now important to add that over the weekend we have engaged with riders of bikes, drone owners, groups of mates not from the same household driving to Rutland to have a drink also a chap wanting to kayak in Rutland Water."

He added that the police don't make the rules, but do have to enforce them.

Responding to his message about the motorist from Maidstone, Twitter user Barry Swallow wrote back: "Anyone that endures the M25 for pleasure must have a slate loose."

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