Four more Covid-19 rule-breakers fined for trips to East Midlands Airport

More people have been fined for travelling to East Midlands Airport for no good reason this weekend.

Officers from the airport’s beat team and North West Leicestershire Police were patrolling its perimeter yesterday when they encountered four people who were there in breach of lockdown regulations.

Two motorists were issued with £200 fines after admitting they had travelled to the airfield from outside the county.

A short time later, officers spoke to a driver and their passenger from Hinckley.

They were also issued with fines as they were from different households and could not offer a valid reason for their journey.

A day earlier, the East Midlands Airport police team fined another uninvited visitor £200 for breaking coronavirus restrictions by driving to the airfield. He said he had just got his licence back and “wanted to go for a drive”.

These incidents are the latest in a string of cases which have seen plane-spotters and other unauthorised people punished for breaking the rules by driving to the Castle Donington airport.

A plane-spotter was fined £200 after he travelled from his home in Mansfield to indulge his hobby on Sunday, February 14, LeicestershireLive has reported previously.

A week earlier, footage of an officer confronting two people who were also there to watch planes, telling them his health worker wife cries at night because she has seen so many people die from Covid-19.

The individuals were also each fined £200 for breaching lockdown regulations which state that only essential journeys are currently allowed.

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The East Midlands Airport Police team has repeatedly warned its officers will take a dim view of people who travel to the airfield without a valid reason in the current climate.

Ahead of the third national lockdown in England at the start of January, a spokesperson for the airport police said: “Needless to say that coronavirus lockdown rules apply at East Midlands Airport and the surrounding area.

“You should only leave home for essential reasons.

“We emphasise that your presence at East Midlands Airport must be for essential reasons only.

“Observing, photographing aircraft or attending crash gates to ‘kill time’ is not essential.”

Contact Leicestershire Police on 101.

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