Posted: Wed 20th May 2020

Police busy in North Wales with 2500+ cars checked – including three men from Birmingham stopped in Acrefair for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

It was a “busy weekend” for officers, Special Constables and PCSO’s throughout the North Wales force area ensuring compliance with Covid regulations.

In excess of 2500 vehicles were stopped across the area – with police saying ‘the vast majority of these were local people with valid reasons to travel’ with approximately 60 defined as ‘out of the area’ who were either reported for breaching COVID legislation or sent home having had suitable advice.

In Wrexham on Friday, we made one arrest for Drug driving.On Sunday, we issued four fines to the occupants of one car who were driving back to Wales after a weekend visiting family in London. They were also issued with fines for not having their two and four year old children in child car seats.

On Saturday, on the A539 at Acrefair, three men from Birmingham were reported for travelling to Wales to visit Snowdonia.

In Flintshire, one visitor from Wigan going to the Lighthouse in Talacre was advised regarding the restrictions and sent home.

In Conwy Rural and Anglesey, officers had a busy weekend engaging with motorists, and again most people had a valid reason for travel. However, vehicles from London, Manchester and Norwich received fines for breaching Covid regulations. A couple from Scotland, who were camping near Llyn Geirionedd also received summons notices.

In Denbighshire Coastal, we responded to various reports from members of the public in Kinmel Bay and Abergele, regarding possible breaches at caravan parks etc. All incidents involved key workers and we were able to reassure the community that all was in order.

T/ACC Nigel Harrison said: ‘We will continue to adopt a proportionate response towards everyone – we always look to engage with our communities, explain the regulations, encourage people to do the right thing, and only where necessary will we need to enforce the regulations with a fine.

‘These results show that in the vast majority of instances, people are complying with the current restrictions. We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the motorists that we have stopped. We thank you for your support and understanding in these exceptional times, and we continue to work hard to make north Wales as safe as possible.’

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