Essex couple caught bringing Christmas presents to Cardiff as fines imposed using new police powers | Wales

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A couple who traveled from Essex to Cardiff to deliver Christmas presents were among those who broke Covid rules through new police powers.

The credentials follow concerns that groups of people from locked areas of the UK, where pubs and bars are closed, helped fill the streets of Cardiff city center over the past weekend.

The Essex couple told officers they had traveled nearly 200 miles to drop off gifts with their family living in the capital.

A total of 110 vehicles were stopped by police in the first 24 hours of operation, which aims to ensure that those visiting the city do so within the limits of coronavirus legislation.

South Wales Police said they had fined 12 people since powers came into effect at 9 a.m. on Friday and end at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

15 other people were told to leave Cardiff.

This past weekend a large number of people gathered in Cardiff city center. Credit: PA Images

Officers also arrested a group of nine people who were traveling in a convoy to visit friends at the university.

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Chief Superintendent Wendy Gunney said: “I want to thank the vast majority of people who are enjoying their weekends cautiously and within the limits of the regulations in force, but those who do not breaking the rules continue to put others at increased risk.

“The measures that are in place are in place for a reason. Our checks will continue throughout the weekend, and anyone who blatantly flouts the rules, which have been very clear, risks a fine, ”she added.

Last weekend some Cardiff businesses said forced to close early due to the large crowds in the area.

South Wales Police have also been called to a number of incidents with numerous companies warning customers ‘not following Covid regulations’.

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