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Five men given COVID-19 fines as probe launched into poaching

Five men were given COVID-19 fines after being stopped by police in the North Stainmore area at the weekend.
They are also being investigated for poaching offences.
The men were all from different addresses in Carlisle but had travelled in the same car to North Stainmore.
The incident was reported to police shortly before noon on Sunday.
The men were given on-the-spot fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus restrictions and remain under investigation in relation to poaching offences.
Inspector for Eden, Peter Aiston, said: “Poaching offences are always taken seriously by the constabulary.
“However, in this case, the incident is aggravated by the men also breaching the coronavirus regulations which are in place to stop the spread of the virus here in Cumbria.
“The men were all from separate addresses but travelled together in a single vehicle, putting their own health at risk.
“Cumbria police would urge anyone with knowledge of poaching offences taking place to contact police immediately.”