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Not essential: Police stop M6 group going to buy motorbike amid coronavirus lockdown

By Dayna Farrington | Staffordshire | News | Published:

Midlands motorway police have urged people to stay at home – after three people were stopped going to buy a motorbike during the coronavirus shutdown.

Officers spotted the group at a service station in Stafford. Photo: Central Motorway Policing Group

People across the country have been told to stay indoors amid the coronavirus outbreak and only make essential journeys.

But officers from the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG), which covers both Staffordshire and West Midlands police force areas, were five minutes into a shift on Saturday morning, when they had to speak to three people at Stafford Services on the M6.

The three were stood in a group chatting – and officers discovered they were out to buy a motorbike.

Sharing the incident on Twitter, CMPG said: "Within five minutes of our shift we had to speak to three people at Stafford Services stood in a group chatting.

"The purpose of their journey – to buy a motorbike. This is not an essential journey.

"Thank you to the majority though who are staying home saving lives."

They did though share a video of a deserted M6.

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Later they tweeted about another encounter, this time with someone on their way to pay a visit to relatives who was persuaded to turn around return home.

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Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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