Police intercept non-essential taxi trip from Leeds sneaking into the Lake District at 01:30AM

Cumbria's Roads Police Team have reported on four men who were caught attempting to sneak into the Lake District at 01:30am in a taxi from Leeds.

Highlighting the incident on social media, Cumbria Police confirmed that the four men, who were breaking lockdown and essential travel rules, and the driver, were escorted back to the Lancashire border, where they were ordered to go straight home and stay there.

The reported incident caused a stir among Twitter users who argued the four men, the taxi driver and even those whose accommodation they were due to stay at, should have received a fine.

One member of the public, wrote: "Why are you not issuing a fine as well though?" With another adding: "You should have found out where they were planning to stay and then paid the accommodation a visit and taken action against them too."

Other readers turned their attention to the taxi driver and his involvement in the incident, saying: "No fines? No reporting of the taxi to the local authority who licensed it?" and "Taxi driver should have his licence taken off him. Unnecessary journey and not social distancing. Hefty fine for the passengers."

But those comments didn't go unchallenged, with one replying: "Surely it's the fare paying passenger's job to decide if their journey is essential, not the taxi driver's?"

A spokesperson for Cumbria Police, said: "We are out at all hours so don't try sneaking in. 'Stay at home' means just that."

Image credit: Pixabay/Cumbria Police

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