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Police send family-of-five home on 'day out at the seaside' in Conwy

The family were caught arriving for a day out in Llanfairfechan

A family-of-five were sent home by police in Conwy after being caught having a day out at the seaside.

Officers from North Wales Police stopped the family from Merseyside as they arrived in Llanfairfechan for a day out on Wednesday, and were told to turn around and go home.

It comes after the UK Government introduced strict new measures in the fight against coronavirus, in which people must stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities such as shopping for food, exercising or going to work.

Under Boris Johnson’s strict new guidelines, gatherings with more than two people in public, excluding people you live with, will be stopped.

People have also been urged to keep a distance of two metres between each other.

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In a post on Facebook, the force's Conwy Coastal unit said: "Officers are out patrolling and it is pleasing to see that most people are sticking to the Government advice.

"But Inspector Daf Curry and PCSO Sara Owen did speak to a family of five who’d travelled from Merseyside to Llanfairfechan for a day at the seaside, to advise them this was not essential travel and to go home."

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The incident was one of several reported across North Wales in which people arrived in the area despite government restrictions.

Police in Wrexham found that a group from Merseyside had travelled to Ty Mawr Country Park on Wednesday.

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In Pwllheli, a group of 15 sunbathers, made up of adults and children, were seen enjoying the warm weather on the beach.

They were slammed as "ignorant" by Pwllheli North councillor Dylan Bullard, while the UK Government urged people to stop heading out for time by the seaside.

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