A TEENAGE driver caught speeding in Salisbury has been fined after he made a 60-mile round trip to find an open McDonald's.

The 19-year-old from Andover, who was driving a Peugeot 206, was clocked at 48mph by police on Castle Road at around 6.30pm.

When quizzed what he and his passengers - both boys aged 17 - were doing, they said they "were looking for a McDonald's that was open", Wiltshire Police's Sgt Dave Whitby says.

All McDonald's restaurants closed due to the pandemic on March 23.

Sgt Whitby added: "They’d made a 60-mile round trip to do this and they even claimed they weren’t aware of the current restrictions on travel, despite owning smartphones and having access to a television.

“We couldn’t possibly be doing more than we are to advise and educate people of the risk of leaving home unnecessarily. Everyone has to ask themselves if leaving their home is essential and would they be posing a risk to anyone else by doing so.

“It is really disappointing to hear of incidents of this nature and I know all those people within our community who are adhering to the current rules will be frustrated to hear that the minority are continuing to flout the rules.”

The force confirmed that the driver was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice under the Covid-19 rules, and one of the passengers was dealt with for possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Both passengers were returned to their home addresses by police.