Woman Who Got Fined $270 For Walk With Friend Lashes Back At 'Evil Trolls'
Jessica got fined by the police when she was out with her friend on a walk. The beautician lashes out at the people who are criticizing her and her friend claiming that they did not break the law and were just out for space and exercise. She tells people off by asking them to read before commenting.
A woman was fined by the police for breaking Covid SOPs after she went on a walk with a friend, now hits back at the trolls.
Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, both 27 were surrounded by the police for breaking the rules, though they claim that they arrived separately at Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire on Wednesday (6 January) when police caught them.
To add the fine police told them the peppermint tees they were sporting constituted they were out on a picnic. When slapped with the fine, they were told by the Derbyshire Police said their outing was 'not in the spirit' of the lockdown.
However, Jessica who is a beautician by profession hits back at trolls claiming that she and her friend did not break the rules.
In a post on Instagram, she said: "Let's just be reminded. On Wednesday the guidelines were 'you are aloud [sic] to travel to an open space for exercise' so all of you evil trolls with nothing better to do. We did not break the law.
"There was never a law for this!!!!!
"Hence why Derbyshire Police have had to look at their response to people and no longer aloud [sic] to issue fines for this no matter what the distance we are from home!!!
"Read into it before commenting!!!"
Human rights barrister Adam Wagner supported the ladies and in an interview with BBC, he said: "There is no law against traveling to exercise.
"The guidance is not legally binding and the police have no power to enforce it unless it is reflected in the lockdown regulations which in this case it is not."
A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: "The current guidance states that while you are able to exercise you should do so locally - defined as being within your village, town or city area.
Following clarification from the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) which stated that 'Covid regulations which officers enforce and which enables them to issue FPNs (fixed penalty notices) for breaches, do not restrict the distance travelled for exercise', Derbyshire Police said FPNs would be reviewed.
The force added: "All fixed penalty notices during this relevant period that have been issued will be reviewed for compliance. All recipients will be contacted."
Matt Hancock supported the cops who fined the two women.
The health secretary told Sky News: "I'm absolutely going to back the police because the challenge here is that every flex can be fatal.
"You might look at the rules and think 'Well, it doesn't matter too much if I just do this or do that'.
"But these rules are not there as boundaries to be pushed, they are the limit to what people should be doing.
"The police are right to take very seriously the rules we have brought in. We haven't brought them in because we wanted to, we've brought them in because we had to."