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Three people from Suffolk are among dozens who have been fined for trying to cross the Channel at Kent to go on holiday since the weekend.

Kent Police said, since Friday, officers have spoken with people arriving at the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel and encouraged them to follow the lockdown restrictions that are in place across the country until December 2.

But they said more than 40 people, including a woman and two men from Ipswich, were fined after making second attempts to cross to France.

Police have fined more than 40 people arriving at the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel who made continued attempts to cross the Channel since the weekend
Police have fined more than 40 people arriving at the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel who made continued attempts to cross the Channel since the weekend

A spokesman said many of those who had been stopped admitted they were trying to leave the country and cross the Channel to go on holiday.

Two men and two women from Barnsley, a man from Preston, a man from Welling and several people from London, Coventry and Essex were also fined.

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police, Claire Nix said it was 'very worrying' that despite the national restrictions and advice, 'some people still aren't getting the message'.

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police, Claire Nix
Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police, Claire Nix

She said: "Covid-19 remains a deadly threat, one which simply cannot be ignored by those who feel now is the time to hold parties or go on holiday to visit their families in other parts of the world.

"We all need to play our part and make sacrifices to keep everyone safe and to support the NHS at this extremely challenging time.

"The government has been clear about the restrictions and we will continue to enforce them whenever we have to.

"Unless you have to travel for work or have a legitimate reason to be arriving at the Port of Dover or the Channel Tunnel, our officers will turn you away.

‘"We are working closely with businesses and other forces to police the Government’s response to Covid-19.

"Anyone blatantly ignoring advice will be issued with a fine and we won’t hesitate to increase the level of those fines for anyone who repeatedly breaks the rules and puts other people’s lives at risk."

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