Motorists were caught breaching lockdown restrictions in Matlock
It was a busy weekend for the police in Matlock after a number of people were caught breaking lockdown and breaching coronavirus restrictions.
The Matlock, Cromford, Wirksworth and Darley Dale Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team have been out and about patrolling the area and ensuring people are abiding by the current lockdown restrictions.
A post on the Matlock, Cromford, Wirksworth and Darley Dale Police SNT Facebook page said: “We’re aware of increased numbers of visitors. We are in lockdown.
"Please remember you must stay home unless you have a reasonable excuse to be out. Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
On Sunday, February 28, the police stopped a Seat Ibiza in Matlock Bath.
A police spokesman said: “Ibiza coming for fish and chips with friends from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
"This is not reasonable travel. Sent back home and advised to find a chippy somewhere more local.”
Also on Sunday, February 28, a Mitsubishi Lancer was also stopped in Matlock Bath.
The police said: “Mitsubishi Lancer from Ilkeston cruising around with two mates from different households. Stopped and Covid tickets issued.”
And it wasn’t just lockdown breaches the police were dealing with. There were also several drug offences as well.
In Matlock on Friday, September 26, a vehicle was stopped with the assistance of the Road Crime Unit. The driver had no licence, no insurance and had taken cocaine. The driver was arrested, the vehicle was seized and bloods obtained.
On Sunday, February 28, in Matlock Bath a Golf from Chesterfield was stopped for document check. There was an overwhelming stench of cannabis emerges which led to a 20-year-old being arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
He was released under investigation.
And also on Sunday, February 28, a moped was stopped at Artists Corner in Matlock for having no brake light. It also did not have an exhaust and was seized.
While the national lockdown is still in place people must stay at home, except where necessary, and you should not travel outside your local area.
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