Police issue fines during firebreak lockdown M4 patrols

Police in South Wales patrolled the Severn Bridge and fined drivers who break the fire lock.

The officials stopped more than 500 moving vehicles on the first weekend. The new restrictions came into force – and gave motorists solid criminal charges.

Photos shared on Twitter by Gwent Police show their officers on “proactive patrols” across the area, including the Prince of Wales Bridge on the M4 – the main route between England and South Wales – and cities like Cardiff and Swansea .

On Twitter, Gwent police said they had fined six people who violated Covid regulations during traffic patrols on Friday evening.

A number of solid charges for house parties and large gatherings have also been issued, Gwent police have confirmed.

A statement from the Gwent Police Department said: “On the first weekend with new restrictions, we conducted proactive patrols and dealt with more than 500 drivers.

“We have issued a number of solid criminal charges, including house parties and large gatherings.”

“We know this is a very difficult time for everyone, and we thank our community members for their continued support as we all work together to keep everyone safe.

“From the start of this pandemic and through this new lockdown, we will continue to engage with our communities and explain the importance of protecting Wales.” We will take enforcement action for those who knowingly violate these restrictions.

“We all play a role and here at Gwent Police we will continue to do our best to protect and calm our communities.”

Under National Fire Lock Rules in Wales, anyone violating guidelines could face a fixed £ 60 fine, up to £ 120 for the second violation.

Last week Gloucestershire Police also confirmed they would be conducting checks on the English side of the border to encourage people to stick to the fire lock.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “Although we cannot impose fines on those traveling to the county from Wales, we can inform the visiting forces of what has happened so that they can take action.

“Officials will be running an operation starting tomorrow and over the weekend, covering routes from Wales to the Forest of Dean. If we prevent anyone from traveling out of Wales we will work with them to find out why, explain the legislation and encourage them to turn around if we are not satisfied with their explanation. “

There are five main rules for the Wales lockdown, which began on October 23:

  • People have to stay home except for very limited purposes.

  • People are not allowed to visit other households or meet other people they do not live with.

  • Certain stores and venues, including bars, restaurants, and most businesses, will be forced to close

  • Secondary schools only offer online learning for the week after the semester, except for children in their seven and eight years of age. Primary schools and childcare facilities remain open.

  • Face covering remains mandatory in indoor public spaces that remain open (subject to certain exceptions and exceptions), including public transportation and taxis


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