Coronavirus: Worst excuses given by Brits who break lockdown rules

Jimmy Nsubuga
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: Police officers warn people who are enjoying the sunny day despite the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic at Saint James Park in London, United Kingdom on April 25, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Police have had to put up with a lot of silly excuses (Picture: Getty Images)

A police force has revealed the worst excuses they have been given by people flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules.

Authorities in Wales have received a number of far fetched reasons for people being out, including "I’ve bought a new catapult and wanted to try it out” and "I am taking my mate into Newport to buy drugs."

Gwent Police released the list of silly excuses because they wanted to remind people how important it was to stick to social distancing rules, South Wales Argus reported.

Other defences included “No idea what you are talking about? I don’t watch the news what going on?” and “My son is a rubbish cook so I take him food every day.”

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A police officer speaks to people relaxing by the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
A police officer speaks to people relaxing by the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London (Picture: Getty)

Superintendent Glyn Fernquest, from Gwent Police’s operational support, said: “If you do decide to go out, you may be approached by one of our officers.

“Expect them to talk to you about why you have decided to travel by any means.

“It is important that we do this, by educating our communities on the importance of staying at home and following non-essential travel restrictions, we can save lives.”

He said people who continued to challenge officers would be issued with enforcement action.

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Another brazen member of the public told officers “It’s the weekend – I am entitled to get p*****” after being stopped.

A pet owner added he travelled further than he should have because his “dogs need different areas to walk otherwise it affects them."

If that wasn’t strange enough a member of the public also claimed he had been out to buy nail clippers for a dog, with another person saying they were feeding fish.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: A police officer jumps to puts tape on exercise equipment at Roath recreation ground after a man was seen using the equipment on April 11, 2020 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Police have stepped up patrols to prevent people from travelling to beaches and beauty spots over the Easter weekend. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 100,000 lives and infecting over 1 million people. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Police have stepped up patrols to prevent people from travelling to beaches and beauty spots (Picture: Getty)

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Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain was now past the peak of its coronavirus outbreak and promised to set out a plan next week on how the country might start gradually returning to normal life.

Under pressure to outline an exit strategy from the lockdown, Johnson promised to set out a “menu of options” on how restrictions could be eased, but said the exact dates of any change would be driven by scientific advice.

He added face coverings may play a part in the next phase, departing from the government’s line up until now, which was that there was insufficient evidence to call on the general public to start using them.

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