A group of seven women have been fined £200 each after being caught red-handed enjoying a night out in the back of a limousine – breaking the country's coronavirus lockdown rules.
The women, who are all from different households, were stopped by West Midlands Police officers while in a stretched limousine from Bilston to Sedgley, in the West Midlands, on Saturday, November 14, in breach of the country's lockdown restrictions which came into force on November 5.
Police said they were "astonished" when they stopped the limo and found who was inside, BirminghamLive reports.
The vehicle was first stopped in Bilston where the seven women in their 20s, 30s and 40s, allegedly claimed they lived in the same household.
But when the women left the vehicle in Sedgley police found this was not the case.
Bilston Police Tweeted: “Our team were astonished to stop a Limo in Bilston last night with seven females on board all from different households, completely in breach of coronavirus regulations set by Parliament. All were fined £200.”
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “Seven woman have been issued with Fixed Penalty Notices after travelling together in a stretched limousine from Bilston to Sedgley in breach of Covid restrictions.
“The vehicle was initially stopped in Bilston, where all seven, aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s, alleged they lived in the same household.
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“On alighting the vehicle in Sedgley it became clear to officers this was not the case and the fines were issued."
During the second nationwide lockdown, people in England are required to stay at home unless they are out for a permitted purpose.
Permitted reasons for leaving home during lockdown, which is due to be lifted on December 2, include work, if you cannot work from home, and volunteering.
Essential activities such as shopping for food or medicine and collecting food or drink ordered through click-and-collect or a takeaway are also allowed.
People are also able to leave the home to withdraw or deposit money from a bank or post office and to access "critical services". While children and young adults are also allowed to attend educational establishments.
People are allowed out to exercise without restriction but individuals can only meet one other person outside of their household, or support bubble and must maintain social-distancing.
Meeting friends within a limousine is not covered by the exceptions to the stay-at-home rule.
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