TOURISTS from Coventry were issued Covid fines and turned away from a popular tourist spot after travelling three hours to Dorset.

Police officers were called to Lulworth Estate over the weekend and found two car loads of tourists had travelled from the Midlands.

Under Government's guidelines during the national lockdown, people can go out once a day for exercise such as walking, but must stay within their local area.

According to Lulworth Estate, police officers issued Covid-19 Fixed Penalty Notices to the groups and they were instructed to return home. According to Google Maps, they would have made an approximate 340-mile round trip from Coventry and back.

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A spokesman for Lulworth Estate said: "A gentle reminder that we are in a national lockdown. If you are not local, please resist the urge to drive to Durdle Door, Lulworth or any site outside of your immediate vicinity for exercise.

"The police issued fines when these two car loads of people had driven all the way from Coventry this weekend."

He later added that the car parks at the estate have been 'very quiet' and was predominately visited by local visitors over the weekend.

"He said: "The occupants of two cars were fined by police who were driving round checking visitors to Dorset.

The car parks at Lulworth have been very quiet with between 2 or 3 cars and, at the most 30 over the weekend. As far as we understand the remainder were local visitors.