A man who travelled from London to Canvey Island to visit his girlfriend during a coronavirus lockdown has been fined.

Kirill Rudenko, 35, was stopped by officers in Long Road at around 2.30am back on January 16.

He told them he was in the area to pick his girlfriend up.

But this was a breach of lockdown restrictions, which at the time meant people could not mix with other households or travel outside their local area.

Rudenko, of Horse Leaze, London, denied breaching the restrictions but was convicted during a hearing at Southend Magistrates Court.

Rudenko was handed a £180 fine, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and fund Crown Prosecution Costs of £625.

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