Woman fined £200 after police busted her and a mate on walk slams ‘evil trolls’
A woman who was fined £200 for driving five miles for a socially distanced walk with her friend has snapped back at "evil trolls".
Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, from Ashby, received the fines after meeting at Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire on Wednesday afternoon.
Ms Allen said such was the scale of the police presence at the tourist attraction, she assumed "someone had been murdered".
Ms Moore said she was "stunned" and gave police her details unchallenged so they could fine her.
Under the UK's current lockdown rules, you can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household/bubble or on your own with one other person but cannot leave your "local area".
There is no maximum distance specified by law on how far people can stray from their homes, but the Government defines "local" as within your own town, village or part of the city where you live.
The women say that Derbyshire Police also told them the drinks they had with them – two peppermint teas from Starbucks – meant their outing was classed “as a picnic”.
Derbyshire Police said they would review the penalty after further guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs Council had "clarified the policing response concerning travel and exercise".
Their story caused a stir as Brits debated whether or not the fines should have been imposed or not.
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And now Ms Allen has hit back at "evil trolls" on Instagram and told them to "keep your opinions to yourself".
She said: "We just set out to help people. People are under enough stress without being prosecuted for going for a walk.
"At the end of the day we could have gone to B&M and Tesco and met there. We didn’t. We went somewhere quiet.
"And the fact is the police have now announced they’re not going to be fining people for that so we were proved correct. There was never a law for this!"
Addressing trolls, she added: "To all of you evil trolls with nothing better to do. Keep your opinions to yourself."
Following the incident, Derbyshire Constabulary said in a statement: "Driving to a location – where exercise could easily have been taken closer to a person's home – is clearly not in the spirit of the national effort to reduce our travel, reduce the possible spread of the disease and reduce the number of deaths.
"Each officer will use their professional judgement on a case-by-case basis, however, people should expect to be challenged and understand the clear reasons why they may be asked about their movements given the critical situation the NHS currently finds itself in."
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