Police operation on Wales and England border checking motorists heading into the region
North Wales Police have been carrying out an operation on the Wales and England border checking motorists heading into the region following the introduction of strict new ‘stay at home’ rules.
Officers from the force ‘Intercept Team’ and Roads Policing Unit have set up a checkpoint on the westbound A494 near the River Dee crossing and are stopping and speaking to drivers.
Police say that “sadly some are continuing to ignore the #StayHomeSaveLives message as several have been stopped and turned around due to them just coming here for their ‘holiday”.
Other excuses given so far include, coming for a bike ride and travelling from Scotland to South Wales “and wanted to go via the scenic route.”
On Wednesday, a family from Merseyside were told to return home after travelling to visit North Wales.
Police officers have been out patrolling to ensure people are sticking to government advice not to go anywhere unless absolutely necessary during the coronavirus outbreak.
They said they came across the family of five in Llanfairfechan and instructed them to go back.
It comes a day after the chief constable of North Wales Police announced that any caravans and motor homes entering the region could be turned round.
Yesterday, First Minister Mark Drakeford signed into law new public health regulations strengthening police enforcement powers in Wales.
People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
– Shopping for basic necessities and supplies, which should be as infrequently as possible
– One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of their household
– Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
– Travelling to and from work, but only where they cannot reasonably practicably work from home.
If people do not comply with the new laws:
– They can be directed to return home or removed from where they are and returned home
– They may have to pay a fixed penalty notice of £30, which if not paid within 14 days will double to £60, and if – – They are issued with a second or subsequent notice the charge will be £120
Individuals who do not pay a fixed penalty notice under the regulations could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.
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