Welsh police flagged down by English lockdown-breakers ‘asking for directions’
A police car was flagged down by a group of people from England asking for directions – who they promptly sent home.
The North Wales Police Rural Crime team said that the interaction had been “frustrating”.
“Incredibly one of our team has just been flagged down in Snowdonia by a car containing three persons from Bolton,” they said.
North Wales Police said the family had asked: “Excuse me officer, can you recommend some nice places for us to visit?”
“Yes, there are plenty on your way home,” came the reply.
The rules in Wales are stricter than other areas of the UK – like in England, where the restrictions have been eased allowing people to take day-trips anywhere in the country.
While the restrictions have been eased slightly in Wales, such as the reopening of garden and recycling centres, the message is still “stay local” as the Welsh Government insists it will take a “cautious approach” in making any further changes.
The Welsh Government’s decision on to what extent lockdown restrictions will be eased in Wales will be revealed tomorrow.
Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething told journalists yesterday that the “cautious” approach being taken to easing the regulations in Wales would continue.
But he said he believed its position on managing coronavirus was “overwhelmingly supported by members of the public”.
“This week, we’ll have to make another set of choices about the regulations that are in place, what the next set of regulations will look like,” he said.
“And you heard the first minister speak last week about understanding the real heartache that this is causing for some families who can’t see other members, and we would like to think about how we could do something on that.
“But I think the cautious approach is still the right one and I think it’s overwhelmingly supported by members of the public.
“You saw, of course, the pictures on this weekend of beaches in England that were packed and beaches in Wales where people are following the rules, and understand the importance of doing so to keep all of us safe here in Wales.”