Police slam 'selfish' day-trippers visiting Snowdonia from tier four areas

Police in Wales have hit out at ‘selfish’ day-trippers crossing the border from tier four areas to visit Snowdonia on New Year’s Day.

North Wales Police said they had already reported ‘several’ visitors for breaches of Covid-19 regulations by mid-morning on Friday, January 1.

Some had travelled from as far as Kent, which at 265 miles away would have meant a five-hour drive, and Southampton, which is nearly 200 miles away.

Both areas are in tier four – England’s highest level of coronavirus controls – which prohibit anyone entering or leaving.

The force said that patrols will continue across north Wales and that officers were working closely with the team at Visit Snowdonia.

They added: ‘Think of your actions – if you get into difficulties you are risking our Mountain Rescue volunteers and emergency services with your unnecessary and selfish behaviour.

‘We all need to work together and it’s up to all of us to do the right thing keep Wales safe.’

Wales entered its highest level of restrictions, effectively amounting to a lockdown, on December 20, with the public expected to stay at home and avoid travel unless there is a reasonable excuse.

Police across the country have also been carrying out vehicle checks reminding drivers of the rules around essential travel and asking about their journeys.

Officers issued fines to a number of people from different households who had travelled to Pen y Fan from Cheltenham on a minibus on Tuesday.

A warning was also issued by Ceredigion council on New Year’s Eve amid concerns that traffic levels on the roads were ‘far higher’ than what would usually be expected given the restrictions.

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