A MAN who travelled 30 miles from his home to walk his dog during the lockdown has been ordered to pay more than £800.

William Cooper’s reason for travelling away from his home in Harrow Road, Benfleet, was deemed to be ‘not reasonable’ by police, who had stopped him in Great Dunmow on February 21.

The lockdown rules at the time meant people were only allowed to travel outside their local area for essential reasons such as work and healthcare.

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Cooper, 22, was found to have breached coronavirus restrictions as a result and was fined £660 when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £156, including a victim surcharge of £66.