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UK lockdown FURY: Group ignoring Covid restrictions rescued on snow-covered mountain

The group were saved by the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team. The mountain rescue team also reprimanded them for breaking coronavirus restrictions. Mountain rescue located the stranded individuals at Hern Stones using a phone finder app.

In a Facebook post, the mountain rescue team said: “The four people had driven from Manchester breaking the Covid-19 rules.

“They did not just break the rules but they also put their lives at risk.

“The temperature on Bleaklow on Saturday was around minus twelve Celsius with wind chill and deep snow.

“This could have been a very different story had they not had phone signal.”

On Saturday the rescue team crossed the terrain from Snake Summit and along the Pennine Way to the location where the people were stranded.

The team had been called out at 3.40pm, and brought with them a stretcher and other rescue kit.

When they located the stranded people, they were informed that the group had been searching for a plane crash site for the last four hours.

The group were found amid hazardous conditions on Bleaklow Moor, which was covered in deep snow.

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The mountain rescue team stood down at 6.40pm.

The mountain rescue effort comes as the Government instigates a major ramping up of coronavirus restrictions enforcement.

Amid outcry that police were handing out fines arbitrarily John Apter, the Police Federation chairman, told The Daily Telegraph officers felt they were “damned if they do and damned if they don’t” when it came to enforcing the new lockdown rules.

Paddy Tipping, Chairman of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners also said police officers had to rely on “discretion” when enforcing the new rules.

He argued that a too heavy-handed approach would be counterproductive.

Mr Tipping told the Telegraph: “We can’t police our way out of the crisis”.

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