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A woman has admitted that she broke lockdown rules because she was on the hunt for "fit fellas".
Louise Whelan was fined £220 after being stopped while driving from Wirral to Liverpool on the evening of May 4 last year – which was during the first national lockdown.
Whelan, then 29, was unable to give a valid excuse for being on the road.
According to documents only now released by the courts, Whelan, from Wallasey, initially claimed she had been dropping her niece off and had been to the shops.
However, further enquiries by the police officer, PC David Cullen, revealed she had in fact been over to Liverpool.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, PC Cullen testified: "I asked her why they had been to Liverpool to which she stated, 'I was just trying to see some fella'.
"She went on to say that she had had some problems in Wirral and that Liverpool had loads of 'fit fellas' and that she was driving around trying to find some.
"I pointed out to her that this was not a valid reason to be out to which she replied, 'I wasn’t even going shopping that was a lie.'"
Whelan’s comments have only now come to light following the release of witness statements relating to cases heard under the single justice procedure, which allows a lone magistrate sitting in private to decide cases without lawyers or defendants present.
The magistrate makes their decision based on written evidence, and only if the defendant agrees to be tried using this procedure.
In a private hearing, magistrate Gordon Roberts found Whelan guilty of leaving her residence without reasonable excuse during the emergency period and fined her £220.
Mr Roberts also ordered her to pay £85 in costs and £34 as a surcharge for victims’ services, bringing her total fine to £339.
Police have heard a wild array of excuses for lockdown breaking. One motorist, stopped by police in Cornwall claimed he'd driven his BMW 170 miles "to have a break from his wife and three kids".
Other excuses given to police include: "buying nail clippers for the dog", "taking a mate into Newport to buy drugs", and on one memorable occasion someone on a quad bike said they were taking it for a walk and promised they were "not going to ride it around a field".
One person, who may or may not have been telling the truth, told a police officer: "I thought I heard someone may be in trouble, so I came to have a look but I don’t know their name or remember the person who told me it."
Perhaps the best of all though was someone who innocently asked: "I don’t watch the news – what’s going on?"
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