A Staffordshire woman has been hit with a £200 fine after being caught travelling to Liverpool for a New Year party.
Police pulled over a car carrying multiple people on the M6 on New Year’s Day.
It soon became clear they were from multiple households and were therefore breaching coronavirus rules.
A 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were fined.
Staffordshire Police confirmed: “We have issued fines to two people from different households found travelling together from Tamworth and Birmingham to Liverpool for a party.
“Officers stopped a vehicle on the M6 Hilton services on Friday, January 1 and found people from multiple households travelling together in a vehicle.
“A 23-year-old woman from Tamworth and a 21-year-old man from Alum Rock in Birmingham were each issued with a £200 fine.”
Tamworth and Birmingham had both entered the strictest Tier 4 restrictions for coronavirus on New Year’s Eve, meaning you must not leave your home unless you have a “reasonable excuse” such as work, education, essential shopping or medical appointments.
Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Emma Barnett, has said: “It is critical that communities continue to work together to follow the rules, to help prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed by the new strain of Covid-19 and to prevent more lives being lost.
“We recognise that the last ten months have been very challenging for people and will continue to be so over the coming weeks.
“I would like to thank the vast majority of people across our county for following the rules and adhering to the stricter guidelines.
“As throughout the pandemic, our officers will work with local communities to engage with people proportionately, fairly and using common sense, to encourage compliance with the regulations.
“Where people are determined to break these rules, which are in place to keep people safe, we will not hesitate to move to enforcement and issue a fine, targetting our resources towards those who commit the most serious breaches and put others at risk through their behaviour.
“Our experience so far is that the vast majority of people have taken personal responsibility for doing the right thing and I am confident that will continue so that we can bring the virus under control and start to think about a return to a more normal way of life.”