At least 14 people – including two from Birmingham – have been stopped and fined for attempting to LEAVE Britain through the Channel Tunnel in violation of the latest coronavirus rules.
Police said eight people in one car were stopped by officers attempting to travel from London to Bulgaria.
Another three vehicles, each with two people in them, were also blocked from traveling to the mainland from the Midlands and Norfolk.
More than 50 people were spoken to over the course of three days at the port of Dover last week.
All tried to leave the UK in violation of the government’s COVID-19 restrictions that prohibit unnecessary travel until December 2.
Kent police said agents detained more than 50 people in four days from Thursday to Sunday.
Some of them stopped at the Channel Tunnel and Dover port traveled in groups of more than two and mingled with other households, police said.
According to Kent police, they all tried to leave the country without “reasonable excuse”.
This included eight people in one car from two separate families attempting to travel from London to Bulgaria via the crossing to Dover.
Officers also spoke to the occupants of three other cars, each with two people, from Leicester, Birmingham and Thetford in the harbor.
Kent police said officers “reminded them of all their responsibilities and encouraged them to follow the guidelines.”
But despite the advice, all four cars tried to leave the country by going to the Channel Tunnel instead.
They were again stopped by officers and given a flat fine of £ 200 each, and the driver of the eight-person car was also given a flat fine for lacking insurance.
Police at the Channel Tunnel also stopped and spoke to a man from London who was trying to travel to France.
He was advised, but then left and tried to cross the harbor shortly afterwards and was therefore also fined.
Kent Police Assistant Chief Claire Nix said: “The government has made it very clear that the best way to support the NHS and save lives is to stay at home and our job is to make sure people respect the measures designed to protect everyone.
“Until December 2, people are only allowed to leave the house for reasons stated by the government, such as work, exercise, medical appointments, eating and caring for vulnerable people.
“Everyone should familiarize themselves with the full list of exemptions and understand what is expected of them at the moment.
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“It is fair to say that during the pandemic the majority of people in Kent showed that they respect and comply with COVID-19 regulations.
Nonetheless, agents across the country have been out and about to engage, explain and encourage people to abide by the restrictions.
She added: “In most situations we can resolve breaches without having to issue a fine, but in cases like these, when people blatantly ignore the advice and refuse to obey, we have no choice but to take enforcement action.
“In Kent, we will continue to police sensibly, proportionately and fairly and ask that everyone continues to take personal responsibility for controlling the spread of the virus and protecting themselves from harm.”