Police turn away people travelling to Pembrokeshire from England over weekend

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Visitors have continued to flout the stricter lockdown rules in Wales to travel to tourist destinations from England.

In Pembrokeshire, Dyfed-Powys traffic officers said they had made four arrests, had submitted 12 traffic offence reports and 26 people had been reported for non-essential travel.

They had turned away vehicles travelling to Pembrokeshire from as far as Redditch, Wokingham, Bristol and Gwent.

The lockdown rules have been relaxed in England so people can "drive to other destinations" and meet one person outside their households outdoors.

But in Wales the stricter stay-at-home rules remain in forceand people must exercise locally.

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Police forces across Wales have continued to patrol beaches, coastal areas, and other public spaces, and have also been conducting checks on motorists.

In Pembrokeshire, traffic officers stopped a rented white Transit van from Bristol.

"The three occupants stated they were going to the beach, there was also camping equipment within the vehicle, all three reported for non-essential travel, vehicle turned around,'' the force said.

Elsewhere, a black Nissan Navara was stopped and turned away at Llanteg, having travelled 200 miles from Wokingham in Berkshire.

Ministers and officials urged people not to travel to Welsh tourist attractions from England. Credit: PA

Where members of the public refuse to listen to advice, officers can issue penalty notices of £60, which will rise to £120 if they have previously received a fixed penalty notice under the same regulations.

Individuals who do not pay a fixed penalty notice could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose further fines.

If an individual continues to refuse to comply, they will be acting unlawfully, and the police may arrest them.