‘Flagrant abuse’ of lockdown rules as helicopter flies from Salford to Chipping to collect beef and gravy barms

Posted on - 6th March, 2021 - 5:26pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Crime, Health, Lancashire Police, Ribble Valley News
Helicopter at Chipping Farm Shop Pic: Chipping Farm Shop / Instagram
A video on the shop’s Instagram shows the barm being delivered to the pilot Pic: Chipping Farm Shop / Instagram

A Ribble Valley councillor has branded a helicopter ride to Chipping from Salford to collect sandwiches as a ‘flagrant abuse’ of lockdown rules.


The helicopter flew 40 miles from City Airport in Salford to land near Chipping Farm Shop, and a video posted on Tuesday to the shop’s Instagram shows the order being delivered to the pilot.

The video caption reads: “When your customers are literally ‘flying in’ to collect their favourite Roast Beef in Caramelised Onion Gravy Barms.”

The BBC reports that Ribble Valley Borough Council is investigating a possible Covid-19 rule breach, with Councillor Simon Hore quoted as saying the helicopter trip “does seem to be a flagrant abuse of the restrictions on travel under the current lockdown rules”.

A local resident, who spoke to the BBC and asked not to be named, said he tracked the helicopter on a flight radar website. He said a helicopter had visited the shop, located at 1 Garstang Road, for “the second day running”.

Lancashire Police said they would pass any complaints to Greater Manchester Police, who are looking into the incident.

Chipping Farm Shop has been contacted for comment.

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