Dopes see £200 go up in smoke after late-night trip to Northamptonshire country park

Police patrol issues Covid fines for pair found parked up at 1am

By Kevin Nicholls
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 10:53 am
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2021, 12:08 pm

Popping out for a 1am smoke cost three dopes £200 each after police stumbled across their car parked in a Northamptonshire country park.

Officers from the Police Interceptor Team discovered the trio smoking cannabis inside the vehicle in the early hours of Thursday morning — and delivered the news that sneaking out for a joint is definitely NOT an essential journey before issuing Covid fines totalling £600.

A spokesman for the team said: "They thought it was a good idea but hopefully now it's a decision they regret after receiving a Covid fine each and being made to get a lift home to prevent drug-driving!"

Police stumbled across the vehicle in Barnwell Country Park with three people on board. Photo: @NGInterceptors

Officers made their discovery at Barnwell Country Park near Oundle after stepping up visits to open spaces to make sure people are following Covid-19 restrictions.

Police pledged to strictly enforce laws prohibiting anyone leaving home without good reason during the Covid-19 lockdown but admit they are still seeing a number of breaches.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly said: "Fortunately, we've not seen large mass gatherings or unlicensed music events — what we are still seeing unfortunately is people coming outside, more than two people gathering in public places and people still not wearing face masks."

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