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Family who made 4-hour journey from England 'didn't realise lockdown rules in Wales were different'

Daily Post 2 days ago Lydia Morris
a blue car parked in a parking lot: Police stopped a family from Manchester in Pembrokeshire after they had travelled more than 200 miles to 'see the sights' © Dyfed-Powys Police Police stopped a family from Manchester in Pembrokeshire after they had travelled more than 200 miles to 'see the sights'

A family from England who made a four and a half hour journey across the Welsh border didn't realise lockdown rules were different in Wales.

Dyfed Powys Police stopped the car that had travelled more than 200 miles from Manchester to Pembrokshire, South Wales, on the A40 at around 8.30pm on Sunday.

The family admitted to officers that they had travelled to west Wales to “see the sights”.

When asked about the Welsh restrictions, they said they were unaware of the differences between the English and Welsh rules.

A tweet shared by Pembrokeshire Roads Policing Unit, said: "Vehicle from Manchester stop checked heading east at Penblewin earlier this evening.

"Family, who stated they were unaware of the different covid legislation in Wales, had travelled to Pembrokeshire to see the sights.

"Escorted out of the county accordingly."

In England, there are no restrictions on how far you can travel to sightsee, exercise or shop - as long as the two-metre social distancing guidelines are adhered to.

In Wales, however, people are advised to only travel with five miles from home - something that is expected to be ditched next week.

The family were sent home, and advised of the differing rules currently in place in Wales.

Public Health Wales today recorded 116 new known cases of coronavirus overall in Wales, meaning 15,717 people have now tested positive for the disease although the actual number is likely to be much higher.

Since the outbreak began, 378 people have now tested positive in  Anglesey, 656 in  Conwy, 713 in  Denbighshire, 523 in  Flintshire, 541 in  Gwynedd  and 820 in  Wrexham.

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