Group fined after trying to sleep overnight in Derbyshire

Police in Derbyshire have fined a group of people who tried to sleep overnight in the county.

Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary found four young adults who had travelled from Manchester into the county on Wednesday, January 13.

Buxton Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said the group wanted to stay overnight in the Chapel-en-le-Frith area.

Officers said they did not have a reasonable excuse for doing so though, leading all four to be fined for breaching Covid restrictions before they were sent back to the Greater Manchester area.

Officers revealed details of this clear-cut violation of the rules in a post on their Facebook page.

The post reads: “An officer from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team has issued four fines to individuals whom have breached the Covid regulations tonight in the Chapel area.

“Four young adults had travelled from the Greater Manchester area to stay over for a night when there was no exceptional reason for them doing so.

“Tickets issued and told to head back to their local area.”

Government guidance states you cannot leave your home to stay overnight elsewhere unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so.

This includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they are in your support bubble.

These permitted reasons include people being unable to return to their main residence, needing accommodation while moving house, needing accommodation for work or voluntary purposes or if you are homeless, seeking asylum or trying to escape harm (including domestic abuse).

Anyone who is caught breaking the rules could be fined £200, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days.

Second time offenders will be fine £400 with the amount doubling for each further offence up to £6,400.

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