Disappointment after individuals ignore restrictions and travel into areas of North Wales that are under local lockdown

LICENSED premises were visited and officers undertook targeted vehicle stops across four counties over the weekend.

This follows tighter restrictions in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, which came into force from Thursday, October 1 at 6pm.

Temporary assistant chief constable Nigel Harrison, from North Wales Police, said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of residents in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham for listening to Government advice by staying within their counties.

“Most are fully supportive of the restrictions and understand the importance of why they have been imposed.

“However, disappointingly we had cause to speak to some individuals who had ignored the restrictions and who had travelled into parts of North Wales that is under local lockdown.”

The incidents included an off road event involving 4×4 vehicles in Llwyneinion Woods in Rhos, Wrexham.

The landowner has been reported for Covid 19 offences.

“People should not think of ways of circumventing the law, this is about making sure loved ones don’t die because of a few selfish actions, and the police should not be needed to reinforce common sense,” temporary assistant chief constable Nigel Harrison added.

“The restrictions are necessary to fight Covid-19 and we all have a personal responsibility to comply to protect ourselves and loved ones from this deadly virus.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been working with our local authority partners to ensure that measures are in place to help communities and prevent the spread of COVID – 19. This will continue as we respond to the current situation.

“Teams continue to be out and about and will continue to engage with people, establish their individual circumstances and will continue to explain the risks and warn of the consequences of failing to comply with the guidance.

“The demand on North Wales Police has returned to pre-Covid level. As a result, it is essential that people comply with the restrictions to reduce the number of breaches which officers have to respond to.

“We need people to recognise that wilfully flouting the guidance places unnecessary strain on already stretched resources, and ultimately endangers those people who may need the Emergency Services in their hour of need.

“We all have a shared responsibility to protect the NHS, please use your common sense and help us together to save lives.”

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno