Four friends from different houses fined for driving 61-mile to McDonald’s

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Four covidiots clambered into a car and headed 61 miles to grab a McDonald’s – in the latest covert trip to the fast food favourite.

The friends, all from different households in Manchester, visited the takeaway’s Uttoxeter branch on the A50 in Staffordshire last night but were stopped by police before they had a chance to get their fast food fix.

They were each fined £200 for the unnecessary trip, Staffs Specials revealed in a tweet, StokeonTrentLive reports.

It read: “A vehicle was stopped in Uttoxeter.

“Group of friends from Manchester area not having legitimate reasons to be here other than going to McDonald’s! All four occupants from different address.

“£800 in fines issued to occupants. Please stay at home unless necessary!”

Lockdown rules mean people can only leave their homes for essential reasons, such as work or providing care to a vulnerable person.

Elsewhere the same force dealt with five people from different households caught ‘travelling a distance’ through the streets of North Staffordshire last night.

Under the current coronavirus lockdown rules families are ordered to stay at home with mixing between households indoors banned unless part of a support bubble.

In Bedfordshire earlier this month four people were dealt with for an almost identical offence, travelling to get a McDonald’s breakfast two hours before the branch opened.

Two days a three men travelled 100 miles to McDonald’s. Each received a fine but the driver had his Mercedes seized because it had a smashed up bumper and no wipers.

Anyone breaching the rules can be handed a fixed penalty notice for £200 on the first occasion.

That can rise to £5,000 if taken to court and if you are caught twice you could face prosecution.