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‘New Year walk should start from home’ warning as police stop travellers 250 miles from SE England

01 Jan 2021 2 minute read
Picture by North Wales Police / Twitter

North Wales Police say they have stopped people travelling unnecessarily into Wales from high-Covid areas as far as 250 miles away.

They said that this morning have already stopped people travelling from Southampton, Solihull and Kent, the latter being a five-hour drive away and under the highest tier of Covid restrictions.

The police force put out a plea asking people not to travel for exercise. Under Welsh Government Alert Level 4 in Wales, the public are expected to stay at home and not travel without a reasonable excuse.

“We know snow on the hills and mountains look inviting and would make a perfect New Year Day walk,” police said.

“Remember – exercise should start and finish at home. Do not drive. Do not mix households. Do not risk Mountain Rescue Teams.”



South Wales Police also put out a message asking people only to travel with a reasonable excuse.

“Remember, exercise should start and finish from your home – even when the weather is nice,”  they said. “Our teams are still here for you if you need us. A huge thank you for your continued support.”

The force also said that they had issues due to New Years Eve revellers.

“Assaults, drink drivers and people ignoring the fact we are in the midst of a global health pandemic,” South Wales Police Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said.

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