Romeo slapped with £200 lockdown fine after 200-mile round trip to visit girlfriend 'for a peck in a Peugeot'

A LOCKDOWN Romeo was slapped with a £200 fine after a 200-mile round trip to see his girlfriend "for a peck in a Peugeot".

He travelled from Lancashire to Leicestershire to pick up his partner before they drove to a reservoir in Derbyshire on Saturday, police said.

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The courting couple were interrupted by cops who asked why they were at the Staunton Harold Reservoir beauty spot, which closes to the public at 4pm.

Officers hit both of them with a £200 fixed penalty notice.

Lockdown rules ban mixing with people from other households unless you live alone and have formed a support bubble with another household.

People can travel to take exercise, but must stay local.

The fines are the latest in a series which have seen Brits penalised for breaching Covid regulations.

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In December, a lovesick roofer was jailed for crossing the Irish Sea on a jet ski to visit his girlfriend.

Dale McLaughlan, 28, said he felt like a "crappy James Bond" after his "crazy" 27-mile trip from Irvine, Scotland, to see Jessica Radcliffe on the Isle of Man.

The pair had met weeks earlier when he was working on the island, butDale forked out £5,500 for a jet ski so he could surprise her with Christmas presents.

He set out on December 11 believing it would take just 45 minutes on the 52mph machine.

Four and a half hours later he finally arrived at Ramsey harbour with just ten minutes of fuel left after the veering off course and losing his GPS device.

Cops arrested him – and he was jailed for breaking Covid rules, beforefinally being released three days early in time for Christmas.

In Derbyshire, two women were "surrounded by cops" and fined £200 each for driving five miles to go on a walk in the park.

But police read their rights when they arrived at Foremark Reservoir, just five miles from Jessica Allen’s home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Jessica and Eliza Moore were also told the drinks they had with them – two peppermint teas from Starbucks – were classed “as a picnic".

Ms Allen said they were "treated like criminals" by police, who later dropped their £200 fines.

Following Saturday's breach of lockdown rules at the reservoir, a spokesman for Melbourne and Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "A man has been fined for making an unpalatable 100-mile-plus non-essential journey from Lancashire to Derbyshire for an encounter with his girlfriend.

"Officers from Melbourne and Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) came across the courting couple at Staunton Harold Reservoir, near the village of Melbourne.

"The male decided to make the staggering 200-mile round trip from Lancashire to spend time with his partner, who lives in Leicestershire.

"Having picked her up from her home in Leicestershire, the thoughtless two-some then travelled on to the well-known beauty spot in Derbyshire.

"But their private moment was interrupted when officers challenged why they were at the reservoir, which closes its doors to the public at 4pm.

"Officers informed the pair that their journey was indeed non-essential and they were not in a support bubble – and were then both handed £200 fixed penalty notices."

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