Worksop man’s lockdown rule breach sparked police helicopter chase

A Worksop man who breached lockdown rules with three others sparked a police helicopter chase, a court has heard.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 12:54 pm

Thomas Doyle was travelling in a silver 4x4 that police pursued between Bothamsall, Retford, and Worksop, at around 1am on November 13, last year, said prosecutor Sukhy Singh.

"Four men decamped but they were detained in a field and issued with fixed penalty notices," he said.

Out of the four, only one has paid the £200 penalty for breaching the restrictions, Mr Singh added.

Worksop man Thomas Doyle was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Doyle, who represented himself, told the court he had been out with his dogs, but couldn’t explain why he flouted the rules.

Doyle, 26, of Manton Crescent, Worksop, pleaded guilty to participating in a gathering of more than two people when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, on Thursday, March 11.

Magistrates ruled that his actions were "reckless and deliberate".

He was fined £270, with costs of £85 and a £34 victim surcharge.

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