English and Welsh police ‘working closely’ to impose border travel restrictions

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Police in Wales and England will be “working closely” in order to police the travel restrictions on the Wales and England border, they have said.

Officers will be scouring “key areas”, ready to issue fines to motorists who break the rules.

It comes after travel restrictions were imposed in Wales, and England imposed a ban on travelling from Wales to lower-tier areas along the border.

Anyone in Tier 4 areas, included Wales, must not travel to parts of England in lower tiers. With all of the English border in tiers 1 and 2, it means a de facto bar on travelling into England’s border counties.

Meanwhile in Wales travel is limited to essential purposes only, meaning that people cannot cross into Wales from England unless it is for work or caring responsibilities.

 

‘Difficult’

West Mercia Police Chief Inspector Edd Williams said: “Under the Welsh restrictions travel is limited to essential travel only.

“Therefore, we continue to work closely with our colleagues in the Welsh forces to police the differing regulations.”

Superintendent Craig Templeton of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Throughout lockdown officers will conduct high visibility patrols across the counties.

“These will include road checks in key areas, which allow officers to engage with motorists and ensure that Welsh Government regulations regarding essential travel are understood and being followed.

“I appreciate this is an extremely difficult time for people but there is good reason for the restrictions.

“The virus is spreading extremely quickly. ”

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