Two people ‘on drive from London’ given covid fines after collision in Lewes

Two people have been fined in Lewes for breaching covid rules.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:18 am
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:24 am

Lewes police said on Twitter that officers responded to a collision on the A27 at Lewes on Thursday (March 11).

Fortunately, they said, nobody involved suffered serious injuries.

However, they confirmed two people in one of the vehicles involved in the collision were issued fines for breaching covid restrictions.

Picture: Lewes police

A spokesman for the force said: “Two occupants of one of the vehicles were issued fines for breaching Covid-19 restrictions, by travelling to Sussex from London ’for a drive’.”

Sussex Police continues to enforce Covid-19 regulations. During one weekend in January, it issued 120 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs).

Those who received fines included a man who drove from Bexhill to Eastbourne to fill up his car with petrol, a couple who drove 88 miles to go to Beachy Head, Eastbourne, for some fresh air, and a group of six people from different households who were sitting inside a Hove beach hut.

Superintendent Julia Pope said: “We know the overwhelming majority of people in Sussex are doing the right thing by staying home, wearing masks and social distancing.

“We understand the past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone but the virus is still very much here and we all need to do what we can to help prevent the spread.

“The rules and regulations are there for a reason and people should not be trying to find loopholes for their actions. Your actions could have serious consequences to the health of others.

“Our officers will continue to use the 4E’s approach and enforcement action will be taken against those who are still blatantly breaching the rules as if they do not apply to them.

“Please, let’s all work together to help prevent this virus, protect the NHS and save lives.”