A man who drove 30 miles from Chalfont St Giles to Surrey to pick up a takeaway during lockdown has been issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for breaching Covid-19 regulations.

The man, who police has not named, was stopped after “driving erratically” in Walton town centre.


Surrey Police said he explained he lived in Chalfont St Giles, more than 30 miles away, and had gone out for a drive and to buy a takeaway – believed to be fried chicken.

He was handed a £200 fine.

Under current government Covid-19 regulations in England, people can be fined £200 for the for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days, £400 for the second offence and then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

It comes after two friends from Bucks were fined after they travelled to view a second-hand car in Coventry, and two people from Aylesbury were fined a total of £1,064 after they attended an illegal rave in Wales last year.

Almost 1,000 fines have been handed out by police for breaches of Covid-19 laws in the Thames Valley since they came into force, according to data published by the National Police Chiefs Council.

A total of 965 FPNs were issued by Thames Valley Police between March 27 and December 20.