Beautician fined £200 after driving five miles for walk with pal hits back at 'evil' trolls as cops review penalty
A BEAUTICIAN who was fined £200 after driving five miles to go on a socially distanced walk with her pal has hit back at "evil" trolls.
Jessica Allen and her friend Eliza Moore were surrounded by police officers at Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire and were slapped with the Covid-19 fine.
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Current coronavirus rules state you can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household/bubble or on your own with one other person.
The two pals said Derbyshire Police even told them the drinks they had with them – two peppermint teas from Starbucks – were classed “as a picnic”.
Derbyshire Police said they would review the penalty after further guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs Council had "clarified the policing response concerning travel and exercise".
Ms Allen has spoken out after receiving the fine and talking about the incident on Instagram, she said they had received hate messages from some people.
But the beautician said they remained defiant following the incident and added that those insisting she should be fined were "evil".
She said : "We just set out to help people. People are under enough stress without being prosecuted for going for a walk.
"At the end of the day we could have gone to B&M and Tesco and met there. We didn’t. We went somewhere quiet.
"And the fact is the police have now announced they’re not going to be fining people for that so we were proved correct. There was never a law for this!"
Addressing trolls, she added: "To all of you evil trolls with nothing better to do. Keep your opinions to yourself."
A former-police chief has claimed the Derbyshire officers who fined the two women have "damaged" the public's perception of the police.
Former Durham Police chief constable Mike Barton said he believed Derbyshire Police would "row back" on its decision to fine the beautician and her British Airways flight attendant friend.
Derbyshire Police said in a statement: "UK Government guidance strongly requests that people do not leave their local area.
"However, the Covid Regulations which officers enforce and which enables them to issue FPNs for breaches, do not restrict the distance travelled for exercise."
The police force added: "All fixed penalty notices during this relevant period that have been issued will be reviewed for compliance. All recipients will be contacted."
Assistant Chief Constable Kem Mehmet said: "We are grateful for the guidance from the NPCC. The actions of our officers continues to be to protect the public, the NHS and to help save lives."
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