Police to patrol routes out of Wales to stop drivers defying lockdown

Police in the Midlands will attempt to block out detained residents who are not necessarily traveling out of Wales while the country is on fire for two weeks.

The Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed that their officials are patrolling routes into the Forest of Dean area and running over vehicles that they suspect will make long journeys.

Police said drivers arriving from Wales without a valid apology will be asked to turn around and, if they refuse to do so, reported to Wales police, they will be fined.

A spokesman for the force said: “While we cannot impose fines on those traveling to the county from Wales, we can inform the visiting forces of what is happening so they can take action.

“The officers will be conducting an operation over the weekend that will cover stretches from Wales into the Forest of Dean. If we prevent someone from traveling from 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.

“If you don’t turn around, we will notify the police who are monitoring the area you came from so they can issue a fine.”

“It is important to emphasize that the vast majority of people abide by the rules, but in line with our police approach, we will take action when there are obvious violations.”

The 17-day fire protection lock began on Friday at 6 p.m.

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