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'I was bored, I'm just out for a drive' Police share driver excuses amid coronavirus lockdown

Officers can fine or even arrest those flouting the rules under new legislation enacted on Thursday.

South Wales Police have revealed some of the reasons given by drivers being stopped by officers during the coronavirus lockdown.

It comes after police forces across the UK were given powers to enforce the regulations of the lockdown on Thursday.

Officers can fine or even arrest those flouting the rules.

The Home Office has warned that those ignoring restrictions on movement could be fined £60, with the fine doubling after each offence.

Officers have the power to enforce rules on staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel

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Despite "numerous cars" being stopped by officers, South Wales Police said empty roads show people are adhering to the restrictions.

South Wales Police Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: "The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.

"We will continue to do what we do best – engage with people. We will ask them to support their communities and stick to these important restrictions.

"Police officers and other staff who you may speak to in the coming weeks are working to keep you and your families safe and well. They also have families to go home to.”

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