Driver went on 70-mile trip around Cornwall because they were ‘bored’

Police in Cornwall have issued an urgent reminder to motorists to only make essential journeys during the lockdown after noticing a rise in traffic.

Officers based in Penzance say they have stopped more than 200 vehicles in the past week.

They said the majority of those stopped had perfectly legitimate reasons to be out on the road.

But one driver, who left a lasting impression on officers, was caught out after making a 70-mile trip around the county - simply because they were “bored”.

The officers added it gave them “no pleasure” pulling drivers over, but said it was a good opportunity to give out information and educate members of the public on the latest guidance.

In previous weekends during the lockdown, police stopped a tourist from Birmingham in a motorhome at the Devon-Somerset border while a group of climbers from Bristol were sent back to the West Country after attempting to climb a mountain in Wales.

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