Lockdown breach excuses

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Forces in Wales have released examples of just some of the reasons people have given for supposed “essential” travel.

Police said most people were following advice to stay home.

However they said a “a small minority had selfishly put others at risk” and had been fined.

Police say the message is now so clear that individuals who are outside for reasons other than those permitted in the guidelines would face “greater enforcement activity”, including a fixed penalty notice of £60.

Among the excuses given to Gwent Police officers were:

  • “My son is a rubbish cook so I take him food every day”
  • “I’ve just been to feed the fish”
  • “I’ve been to buy nail clippers for the dog”
  • “I’ve bought a new catapult and wanted to try it out”
  • “I don’t watch the news – what’s going on?”
  • “I’m taking my mate into Newport to buy drugs”
  • “I am taking my quad bike for a walk and I promise I am not going ride it around a field”
  • “I thought I heard someone may be in trouble, so I came to have a look but I don’t know their name or remember the person who told me it”.
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