More people who think the coronavirus rules do not apply to them have been caught out by the cops this week.

The rules are simple - stay home to save lives - with people only allowed out for essential journeys and daily exercise, which needs to be local.

However, for some people it seems that this is too hard to grasp and many have found themselves paying the price as police dished out the fines.

From a party to getting stuck at Thor's Cave - it has been another busy week for police as they catch more people out breaking the rules.

Among those who were caught out were five people who attended a birthday celebration in Swadlincote.

Officers from Swadlincote police safer neighbourhood team broke up the birthday party after the guests were shopped.

They ended up handing out five fixed penalty notices.

A group of walkers who had travelled 34 miles to visit a Staffordshire cave were caught out when they got into trouble and had to scream for help.

They had to be rescued after travelling from Stockport to the Peak District to explore Thor's Cave on the Manifold Trail near Leek.

They got themselves stranded on a steep hillside after leaving the cave through what is known as "The Window", a notoriously tricky route.

A member of the public heard their shouts for help and called out the emergency services on Saturday, January 16, to rescue them.

Fortunately, by the time mountain rescue arrived, another rambler had made their way up and was guiding them safely down.

No-one was injured, although the group was left "wet through, very tired, cold and shaken up'"

Youths "with attitude" from different households were caught gathering at Eureka Park and Newhall Park and were arrested for refusing to give their names or giving false details to officers.

Cops took them home to their parents in marked police cars.

The incident happened on Monday, January 18, when several youths were spotted and confronted by police.

They tried to lie their way out of the situation, officers said.

Officers from the Swadlincote police safer neighbourhood team also had to chase two men on foot after spotting their Vauxhall Corsa with its hazards on in the road in Newhall. They went to investigate and the two men in the car fled on foot.

While searching for the men, police spotted one of them returning to the white Corsa.

He was swiftly fined for breaching covid-19 regulations for a non-essential journey.

The driver was also caught and arrested for drink-driving, driving with a provisional licence and driving with no insurance - and given a covid fine. His car was also seized.

Police fined a group of people from Merseyside whose car crashed and ended up on its roof when they travelled to Derbyshire.

They were fined for breaching covid-19 rules after making the 50-mile drive to the Peak District.

Emergency services were called to the Bamford area of High Peak after reports of a crash on the A57.

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Once there, officers from Derbyshire Constabulary discovered a BMW had flipped onto its side, with the people inside needing to be freed by firefighters.

It was then found that the car had travelled more than 50 miles from St Helens and contained four people, all from different households.

When asked what they were doing out there, the group told officers they wanted to "look at the snow".

They were then informed they were breaking covid rules.