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More fines issued for breaking lockdown restrictions

Two people have been arrested and three fined after a third gathering in Glastonbury in just over a week.

Police were called to the town centre yesterday afternoon after a protest event which broke social distancing rules.

It comes as a South West beauty spot is reopening to vehicles this morning. (8am)

Police and councils closed Cheddar Gorge this weekend because of the numbers of people driving there in the past few weekends.

Excuses given, by people who didn't even live in Somerset, included:

  • Three cars containing people from different households, all together, not socially distancing and sitting around in the Gorge.
  • Couple who had travelled from a city who said there were just walking locally. Officers tried to explain the impact of travelling to beauty spots rather than walking within their local vicinity.
  • Couple visiting the gorge for a birthday outing.
  • Family parked up eating a takeaway pizza.
  • Person claiming they were doing an essential shop in Cheddar even though they lived 60 miles away.

Police in Devon last night fined someone for driving their camper van to the county from Bristol.

Officers say the person was also sent back home and told they couldn't stay overnight.

Three people were rescued from a dinghy last night by a fire crew from Newton Abbot.

They were called to the Exe Estuary along with crews from Topsham, as part of a multi-agency response.

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