Man who drove 50 miles to Wales in lockdown to buy a bouncy castle is fined £800

A man has been fined £800 after driving 50 miles to buy a bouncy castle during lockdown.

The 24-year-old from Llanybydder in Wales, was stopped by police whilst travelling along the A477 in Tenby in April this year.

He told officers from Dyfed-Powys Police that he was travelling with a friend "in order for his friend to purchase a bouncy castle".

His journey during the first lockdown period in Wales was deemed to be "non-essential".

The Metro reports that the defendant was ordered to pay a total of £811, including a £660 fine, £85 in costs and a £66 victim surcharge on Tuesday, October 20, at Carmarthenshire Magistrates’ Court in Llanelli.

In a separate incident a man, from Birmingham was also stopped by police when he drove to west Wales in May.

The 48-year-old was stopped by cops on the A477 in Llanteg and told them he was going to "fix his girlfriend's car"

He was ordered to pay £811, including a £660 fine, at Carmarthenshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 22.

Wales went into a "firebreak" lockdown on October 23, due to concerns over the surge in coronavirus cases.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the full lockdown was necessary to reduce the spread of Covid and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

It means that people in Wales must stay at home, apart from very limited purpose such as exercise and to buy food, and people must work from home unless they are critical workers.

All non-essential retail, gyms, leisure centres, bars, restaurants and hospitality are closed, unless they provide take-away or delivery services.

Close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, and events and tourism businesses, such as hotels have also been shut.

People are not allowed to gather with people they do not live with, either indoors and outdoors. This applies to events such as Halloween and Bonfire night.

The Welsh lockdown will last until Monday, November 9.

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