POLICE were left stunned when they stopped a driver flouting the coronavirus lockdown to discover he'd been on a 224-mile round trip to buy £15 eBay windows – forcing his wife to sit in the boot.

The motorist travelled from Coventry to collect the windows in Salford, Greater Manchester, despite the public being warned only to make essential journeys.

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After picking up his purchase, the driver's wife could not fit in the car for the return journey to the West Midlands and she was forced to sit in the boot.

They were pulled over by a motorway patrol on the M6 in Cheshire.

The North West Motorway police tweeted: "A driver has travelled from Coventry to Salford to collect a £15 eBay purchase of windows.

"His wife could not fit in the vehicle so she was travelling in the boot for the return journey when stopped on the M6 in Cheshire.

"The driver was given a TOR for the offence."

It comes as police have been left gobsmacked as a minority of Brits flout social distancing measures across the UK.

In Derbyshire, police broke up a 'massive' house party with 25 adults and children over the weekend.

Sussex Police said they had "attended a number of reports of parties in houses and neighbour gatherings".

In Cardiff, police were forced to break up a football match in the park as they played in close contact and tackled each other for the ball.

On Monday, Brits were told they could only leave the house to buy essential items, take a bout of exercise per day or go to work if they were a key worker.

Last night Prime Minister warned things would "get worse before they get better," suggesting tougher lockdown measures will be enforced if needed.

In a letter being sent out to British households this week, the PM writes: “It’s important for me to level with you — we know things will get worse before they get better."

He adds: "We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do.”

People reacted to the M6 incident with disbelief on social media.

Anthony Collier said: "I am amazed at how many people are still making unnecessary journeys."


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Jonny Evans quipped: "Maybe he saw a window of opportunity."

The government has banned all non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Road blocks have been set up in some parts of the country, with police stopping drivers to check their journeys are for an essential purpose.

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