Loose Women panellist Linda Robson feared she'd broken lockdown rules when she was pulled over by police

The Loose Women star recalled the moment cops stopped her in central London

Loose Women panellist Linda Robson on the red carpet at The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
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Loose Women panellist Linda Robson has opened up about the moment she feared she had broken lockdown rules when she was pulled over by police.

The TV star, who previously held a candid discussion on her OCD battle, had gone for a drive around central London but suffered a scare when she saw police officers as she was driving around central London - miles away from her home.

Linda, 62, who has been taking care of her grandchildren as part of her daughter Lauren's 'childcare bubble' recalled how a simple drive in the car turned into a worrying time.

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It comes after Linda pledged a promise to reach out to more friends during lockdown.

Linda revealed she has been home alone last Saturday, as her husband Mark was working at a Covid-19 centre and her daughter Lauren had taken the children out for a walk, when she decided to go for a drive when the series of events unfolded.

She explained, "So I thought, what do I do? I thought I know, I’ll just get in the car and go for a little drive. So I just drove around my area, and then I thought I’ll drive around Regent’s Park and I might have a little walk while I’m there."

However, when Linda returned to her car after her walk, she spotted a couple of police officers and suddenly feared that she might be in breach of Covid regulations.

What are the current lockdown rules in England?

The lockdown rules in England stipulate that ‘you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary’. 

The government states that members of the public can exercise outside of their home once a day, with their households, support bubbles or one other person, and that they should not travel further than their local areas.

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She continued, "As I got back into the car after my walk, I was driving and I could see two policemen and a police van there. So I thought, “Oh no, am I supposed to be in this area? Am I allowed to be out? I don’t know what I’m supposed to do”,’ she said.

But instead of driving home, Linda hesitated and pulled over her car, but believed it may have seemed 'dodgy' to police, so when she did drive past, they gestured her to pull over.

One of the officers informed her that she was driving at 23 miles per hour in a 20 zone. She said that they informed her that the speed limit had recently changed in the area, so not to worry about it. 

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Much to Linda's relief, she revealed the joke that she shared with the officer when he asked her for her name. When she responded: ‘Barbra Streisand’, he replied: ‘I don’t think so Linda.' and the rest of the Loose Women panel to burst into laughter.

Loose Women co-stars were discussing the impact of lockdown on women and how it was taking its toll, with many having to juggle more responsibilities at home.

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.