Police have issued 14 fines in three days to people attempting to leave the UK from Kent via the Port of Dover and Channel Tunnel.
One car stopped by police at the port , containing eight people from two separate families, was looking to travel from London to Bulgaria, while another three vehicles, each with two people inside, were also blocked.
While initially officers only warned the occupants, all four vehicles subsequently travelled to Folkestone in an attempt to reach Europe through the Channel Tunnel instead – at which point fixed penalty notices of £200 were issued.
Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix, of Kent Police, said officers were “left with no choice but to take enforcement action” after would-be travellers were set to “blatantly disregard” lockdown rules.
Under current restrictions, all travel is banned unless it is work, education or other legally permitted exemptions.
More than 50 people were spoken to by police officers at the Port of Dover and told to return home at the end of last week.