Two men from Stoke-on-Trent have been reported for breaching Welsh lockdown law after driving 125 miles to Anglesey.
The pair were found relaxing on Newborough Beach on the south of the island despite the Welsh Government not allowing people to take day trips.
They were both sent back to the Potteries yesterday afternoon (May 22) and now face being hit with hefty fines.
It comes as Anglesey Police have stepped up patrols on the island to ensure families are abiding by the rules.
A North Wales Police spokesman said: “Officers have been on patrol across the island.
“Two men were sent back home after being found on Newborough beach after travelling there from the Stoke-on-Trent area. Both have been reported.
“A car was also stopped on the approach to the Menai Suspension Bridge.
“In the car were three males who had driven from Manchester and were on their way to Llangaffo.
“All three were from different addresses so were ordered to return home and all three have been reported for breaching Covid-19 offences.
“Patrols will continue throughout the bank holiday weekend.
“Restrictions remain here and visitors will be welcomed back once it is safe and right to do so.”
While Boris Johnson relaxed some restrictions to allow day trips to the beach starting from May 13, these only apply to England.
Thus, people in England are banned from driving to Wales for their exercise, whether that’s walking up Snowdon or a stroll along the golden sands of Rhyl.
Police have the power to issue fines of £100 – reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days. The amount will double for repeat offenders and the maximum fine will increase to £3,200.
Counsel General Jeremy Miles, a member of National Assembly of Wales, said: “Our regulations do not permit people to get in their car and drive to destinations in Wales.
“And that also means people getting in their cars in England.”
Meanwhile, Stokies are being urged to ‘use their commonsense’ and maintain social distancing when travelling to the nearby Peak District.
Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “Our country parks are beautiful places and we want people to enjoy them now that people are able to travel for exercise.
“But it’s everyone responsibility to use common sense and observe the rules and spirit of social distancing and stay at least two metres apart in potentially busy places such as car parks so that we don’t risk another spike in coronavirus cases.
“The sites can become very busy and we would ask people to find another place if a car park is crowded and not to park on road verges, or block access that may be needed in an emergency.
“If we cannot ensure people’s safety we may have to consider whether it is safe for car parks to remain open.”
Visitors to county council country parks are asked to keep dogs on leads to help comply with social distancing and consider wearing gloves for handling gates and other ‘touch points’.
“Temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s this week and we know there is always a temptation for people to cool off in open water.
“No matter how confident someone is about their swimming ability I would urge them not to swim in open water.
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“Water can cause cold water shock in even the strongest swimmers and there can be strong currents beneath the surface, as well as weeds, branches and other obstructions that you can be caught in.”
Staffordshire Moorlands Chief Inspector Mark Thorley said: “It is great news that the country is starting to move back to some resemblance of normality but things are some way off returning to normal just yet and it’s unfortunate that a few people have not behaved as they should.
“The Moorlands is not closed but we ask that if people do decide to visit they be respectful and sensible when making the journey.
“For instance, not all car parks are open, so the roads around our beauty spots are busier. If you can’t find a sensible and legal place to park then please go home and return at a different time.
“Do not park across driveways or field entrances and we ask that you always ensure emergency vehicles can pass your parked car on narrow lanes.
“If you are coming, please do enjoy the area but make sure you park responsibly, take your litter home with you and please consider how your visit might impact those that live and work in these areas.”