Man breaks COVID rules to drive 350 miles for a kebab - before crashing on way home

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
·2-min read
The driver was travelling to pick up a kebab. (SWNS/Avon and Somerset Police)
The driver was travelling to pick up a kebab. (SWNS/Avon and Somerset Police)

An uninsured and unlicensed driver took his family 350 miles to pick up a kebab despite coronavirus restrictions before crashing on his way home.

The father was travelling with his wife and two children when he crashed on the M5 at Portishead, Bristol.

He told officers he had travelled from Exeter to Coventry to pick up the kebab and was en route home when the incident took place.

He has been fined for offences including driving without a licence or insurance, as well as breaching coronavirus regulations.

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Reactions on Twitter included one user who said there are “too many selfish unnecessary journeys happening nationwide” while another labelled him an “idiot”.

Recently, North Yorkshire Police stopped a car with five men in it who had travelled 160 miles despite lockdown rules saying you should only leave home for an essential reason.

They could not say why they were travelling near Northallerton and a search of the boot found a sixth man lying down. One of the men was wanted for indecent exposure, police said.

Leicestershire Police released a video showing lockdown breaches after fining 142 people over one weekend.

Officers have not been immune from coronavirus fines either.

Nine Metropolitan Police officers were fined £200 each for eating in a cafe after being photographed by a passer-by earlier in January.

Despite headlines about lockdown breaches, experts at University College London have found 96% of people are following the most of the rules, albeit while bending some.

Complete compliance is lower but still reported by 56% of people.

Watch: England’s lockdown rules