A barber operating from his home and people attending house parties were among those fined for Covid breaches by South Wales Police at the weekend.
Officers also fined five people at a 30th birthday party in hired accommodation in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, with one person travelling from Yorkshire to attend.
Between Friday and Monday, the force received more than 550 Covid-related calls – a 20% increase on the previous weekend – and while many were well-intended but did not amount to breaches, officers still had cause to issue 278 fines for parties, gatherings, travel into Wales and car-sharing.
Among the fines issued by the South Wales Police force at the weekend were:
- A barber operating from his Bridgend home, along with two customers
- Eight attendees of a house party in Maesteg
- Five attendees at a gathering in Treforest
- Seven adults who attended a party at a flat in Adamsdown with their children
- Three attendees of a gathering at a house in Gabalfa
- Four occupants of a car subject to a vehicle check in Cardiff city centre; the car was also seized and the owner reported for driving without insurance
- 47 attendees of five different house parties and gatherings in Cathays
- Six for a 17th birthday party in Canton
- Members of three separate families gathered at an address in Canton
- Five for attendees of a 30th birthday party in hired accommodation in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, with one person travelling from Yorkshire to attend
- Seven for a house party in Ely
- Men found leaving a business premises in Swansea city centre
Post-incident enquiries are also ongoing with partners, including the Joint Enforcement Teams, universities and local authorities, in relation to a number of incidents, and retrospective action will be taken where necessary and appropriate according to the police.
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Chief Superintendent Andy Valentine, who is leading South Wales Police’s response to the pandemic, praised those who were continuing to support the collective effort to slow the spread of the virus and who were growing increasingly frustrated with the minority breaching the regulations.
He said: “Flagrant breaches cannot be tolerated and we will continue to respond to concerns from our communities, carry out proactive patrols and work closely with our local authority partners on the Joint Enforcement Teams to ensure those who blatantly or repeatedly breach the rules are met with enforcement action.”
Meanwhile, a group of four people from England travelled to Wales so they could take photographs of shoes on a mountain.
North Wales Police confirmed it received a report from a park warden at 11am on Saturday, February 20, after the group parked up at the Dol Idris car park in Snowdonia shortly after 8am.
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When questioned by officers the group explained they had come to the area to get “photo content of a brand of shoes” and that they specifically wanted shots at Llyn Cau.
People in Wales have been told to “stay at home” with all non-essential travel banned since December 20 – other than a temporary lifting of rules on December 25.
It was announced on February 19, that Alert Level 4 Restrictions would continue largely unchanged in Wales for a further three weeks.