We get it, sometimes you just need chicken nuggets.

The longing for fast food has landed one woman in trouble though. She was found driving 100 miles to go to McDonald’s during lockdown.

The woman hasn’t been named but she is in her 30s, and she drove from Lincolnshire all the way to Scarborough with her sister last weekend.

During her road trip, she crossed three counties to get the McDonald’s. She was stopped by police and told she was breaking the pandemic lockdown rules that are in place for public safety. Police then issued her with a fixed penalty notice for £200.

Chief Inspector Rachel Wood, of North Yorkshire Police, says: “Driving through three counties to get a burger is not classed as essential travel. Most people in North Yorkshire are trying really hard to stop the spread of Covid in our communities and protect the vulnerable.”

“When this pandemic is over, we know everyone’s looking forward to going where they want, when they want. But in the meantime, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who continues to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives” Wood added.

There are laws currently in place in England that mean you can only leave the house for certain ‘reasonable excuses’.

Such ‘reasonable excuses’ include essential shopping trips, exercise, childcare and going to work, if you can’t work from home.

You are also allowed to leave the house for medical reasons (assuming they are not isolating due to Covid-19). You’re allowed out if you’re supporting vulnerable people. Escaping harm is also a valid reason.

£800 Fine

The Lincolnshire woman isn’t the first to fall foul of a fine for wanting a McDonald’s.

Last week, a car was stopped. Four people were travelling to get a McDonald’s breakfast, and were fined £800.

They were stopped on Bedford Road in Northampton by police at around 5am on Wednesday morning.

Those in the car said they were on their way to get a McDonald’s breakfast. Problem is,  the restaurant didn’t open for another two hours. Oops.

Police were able to establish that the four were not from the same household. The journey breached lockdown rules that came into force at midnight of that day.

Officers slapped them each with £200 fines – a bit more expensive than the hash browns would have been.

Anyone aged 18 or over can be fined £200 for a first offence. The £200 is lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days. For a second offence, you’re looking at £400,  this then doubles for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

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