Seven women have been fined after enjoying a night in the back of a stretched limousine, breaking coronavirus lockdown rules.
The women, all from different households, were detained by West Midlands police officers while in the limousine traveling from Bilston to Sedgley on Saturday night.
Police said Birmingham Live They were “shocked” when they stopped the limo and saw who was inside.
The seven women, ages 20, 30 and 40, reportedly claimed they lived in the same household.
But when the women left the vehicle in Sedgley, the police discovered that this was not the case.
Each was fined £ 200.
Meeting friends inside a limo is not covered by the exceptions to the stay-at-home rule.
Bilston police tweeted: “Our team was shocked to stop a limo in Bilston last night with 7 women on board, all from different households, in total violation of the coronavirus regulations set by Parliament.
“They were all fined £ 200.”
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Fixed penalty notices were issued to seven women after traveling together in an extended limousine from Bilston to Sedgley in violation of Covid restrictions.
“The vehicle initially stopped in Bilston, where the seven, aged 20, 30 and 40, claimed they lived in the same house.
“Upon exiting the vehicle at Sedgley, it became clear to officers that this was not the case and the tickets were issued.”
During the second nationwide lockdown, people in England are required to stay home unless they are away for a permitted purpose.
Reasons for leaving home in the second lockdown, which must continue until December 2, include work, if you cannot work from home, and volunteering.
Or essential activities like shopping for food or medicine and collecting food or drink ordered via click and collect or a takeout.
People can also leave home to withdraw or deposit money at a bank or post office and to access ‘critical services’.
While children and young adults can also attend educational establishments.
People can go outside to exercise without restrictions, but people can only meet one other person outside their home, or the bubble of support and must maintain social distancing.