Man breaks lockdown rules to watch couple dogging at popular beauty spot

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A man has been fined hundreds of pounds after breaching lockdown rules to watch a couple engaging in sex acts in a popular beauty spot in Oxfordshire.

Daniel Lewis has been ordered by a court to pay a fine of £300 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34, as well as court costs of £90 after he was discovered in a car with two other men watching a couple having sex in Stoke Wood car park, near Bicester.

The 24-year-old was found guilty at Oxford Magistrates' Court after watching sexual activity in public – an act commonly known as dogging.

While the act of dogging is not strictly illegal in the eyes of the law, those caught in the act – whether watching the intercourse, or those taking part in the sex acts – can be charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Offences tend to fall under laws relating to indecent exposure and acts of public lewdness.

The Oxford Mail reports that the incident involving Lewis took place on May 17 – at the height of the UK’s national lockdown which prohibited groups of people gathering together, meaning he was in breach of lockdown rules at the time of the incident.

Lockdown led to reports across the UK of increased incidents of dogging and outdoor sex activities.

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Back in July, SomersetLive reported of concerned residents near Barrow Lake Viewpoint, near Birdlip, in Gloucestershire, that dogging cases had increased in the area during lockdown.

Locals were worried the X-rated activities could also lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

While MyLondon reported this month that the pandemic had led to “a surge in interest in outdoor hookups” with the top three hotspots in the capital being uncovered.

Shoreditch Park, Hampstead Heath, Queens Park, The Tower of London, and the car park at the O2 in Greenwich Peninsula were discovered as the top dogging hotspots according to research by Datingroo.

According to Datingroo: "Dogging is when people meet up in cars, be it in a car park or elsewhere and watch each other have sex.

"Some may join in, others may just be lurkers, whatever gets you going."

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