Doncaster sticker seller gets double police warning after breaching lockdown for Wales trip

A Doncaster sticker salesman has received a double warning from South Yorkshire Police – for travelling more than 250 miles to Wales and attempting to sell stickers during the coronavirus lockdown.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:49 pm
Phillip Anthony Hartley, who also uses the name Phillip L'Estrange and brands himself the #lovecampaigner was warned by police after a lockdown trip to Wales.
Phillip Anthony Hartley, who also uses the name Phillip L'Estrange and brands himself the #lovecampaigner was warned by police after a lockdown trip to Wales.

Phillip Anthony Hartley has been given two separate warnings by officers after it emerged he travelled to Wales last week in breach of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

And in a separate letter, Hartley, 37, who also uses the name Phillip L’Estrange and brands himself the #lovecampaigner, was again given a warning by police after officers suspected him of travelling to sell his stickers.

Hartley, of Christ Church Road, says he sells stickers to raise money for charity and says he has raised more than £300,000 for good causes in recent years.

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In a copy of the letter, seen by the Free Press, a force spokesman states: “You are receiving this letter as it is suspected that you have left home without a reasonable excuse.

"Leaving home without a reasonable excuse is a criminal offence. On this occasion, it is not our wish to enforce these restrictions through on the spot fines or prosecution, but we seek to remind you that these measures are in place to protect lives including your own family and friends.

"We are aware the current situation is unprecedented and the government’s measures restrict your ability to act as you might normally.

“However, these are designed to minimise your risk of infection and the risk that you might inadvertently pass on infection to others close to you.”

Under the Government’s current restrictions, people are only allowed to leave home for shopping, exercise, medical needs and work that cannot be done from home.