Blackpool lockdown trip costs man more than £1,000

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Spencer Williams has been left counting the cost of his trip to the seaside town

 

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A man has been left with a bill of more than £1,000 after driving to Blackpool during lockdown restrictions.

Spencer Williams made the 50 mile trip to Blackpool on March 27 this year where he was caught by officers from Lancashire Constabulary.

The 21-year-old, from Great Sankey near Warrington, lived in a Tier 4 area at the time. He admitted to leaving the area without a reasonable excuse to be outside his place of residence.

Williams, of Cheddington Crescent, pleaded guilty to the offence on November 10 at Preston Magistrates’ Court, CheshireLive reports.

He now has to pay more than £1,000.

On top of a £842 fine is costs of £90 and a victim surcharge of £84, bringing the total to £1,016.

Warrington was under Tier 4 restrictions at the time of the offence in March 2021, which meant that residents could not be outside their homes without a “reasonable excuse”.

Travelling between counties was prohibited to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Across England, anyone over the age of 18 was at risk of a £100 fine for a first offence rising to £6,400 for repeat offenders.