The finance director of a company helping on the AstraZeneca vaccine drove miles to his second home to get better WiFi, it has been claimed.
Lee Warren, who works for Cobra Biologics, a firm which signed a supply agreement with AstraZeneca to help manufacture the vaccine, was contacted by police in connection with an alleged breach of Covid-19 restrictions.
The force decided to take no further action.
It is alleged the 36-year-old travelled around 230 miles from his home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire to a second property in Rothbury, Northumberland last week and stayed for several days.
The visit sparked consternation among villagers with news of his arrival with his wife and child posted on Facebook.
One local resident told the Mirror: “Given his job, he should have known better than to travel all that way.”
It is believed he arrived at the £150,000 second home – used as a holiday let – earlier this month.
Before the third England lockdown came into effect on January 5, Northumberland was in Tier 4, which meant all members of the public had to “stay at home” unless they had a “reasonable excuse”.
Mr Warren is thought to have left last week having receiving a warning from police.
One man defended him, writing on Facebook that people who reported them were ‘idiots’.
“The family live some miles away but also have a home and relatives here,” he wrote.
“He is a key worker in the production of the Covid vaccine and now has to work from home.
“Their broadband strength is appalling..10 percent the strength we enjoy in Rothbury, and as a result he cannot carry out his work and video conferencing.
“Hence their journey to their home here – just before lockdown.”
But an elderly neighbour close to the £150,000, stone-built second home said: “It is very inappropriate and makes you think of Dominic Cummings.
“He definitely should have known better.”
Another added: “I have not seen my husband for a year due to work. So I am not very sympathetic.”
Northumbria Police said: “We can confirm we received a report of a possible breach of coronavirus legislation regarding a family who had travelled to stay at an address in Rothbury.
“We visited the premises and spoke to the occupants and requested they return to their primary address, which they complied with.
“Those involved were reported for breaches of legislation.
“As is our standard practice for all enforcement this was reviewed, where it was determined no further action would be pursued.”
A spokesman for Cobra Biologics, based in Keele, Staffs., declined to comment.