Family-of-5 stopped by coronavirus police after 80-mile trip to go the beach
A family-of-five were stopped by police during the UK's coronavirus lockdown as they travelled 80 miles – for a day at the beach.
The big day out was thwarted by officers who told the family it was not essential travel and to "go home."
The foolish family travelled all the way from Merseyside to the picturesque seaside town of Llanfairfechan in Conwy, North Wales, to paddle in the sea.
A spokesman from North Wales Police's West Conwy Coastal said: "Inspector Daf Curry and PCSO Sara Owen did speak to a family of five who'd travelled from Merseyside to Llanfairfechan for a day at the seaside, to advise them this was not essential travel and to go home."
The wasted journey comes after a rescue mission was sparked on Tryfan mountain in Snowdonia when an amateur photographer got stuck trying to take a good photo.
The snapper was dressed only in jeans and a t-shirt when rescuers brought him to safety from a steep and rocky gully.
He then asked the teams from Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue: "Which mountain should I climb tomorrow?"
The man had travelled 120 miles from Birmingham.
Rescuer Chris Lloyd said: "We are at risk from coronavirus too, not just from casualties but from each other as well.
"We work in very close proximity to each other, and if someone is carrying it, another person could easily get infected."
Live updates on COVID-19 cases near you
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- Midlands: 808
- South East: 590
- North West: 496
- North East and Yorkshire: 446
- East of England: 452
- South West: 278
Northern Ireland: 149
Today the Home Office announced anyone flouting the current coronavirus lockdown may be arrested.
Those who refuse to comply with officers could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.
Second-time offenders could be issued a fixed penalty notice of £120, doubling on each further repeat offence.
Those who do not pay the penalty can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.
It comes as people have already been breaking the rules introduced by the Prime Minister this week.
In Manchester city centre police could be seen speaking to several large groups that had gathered in Piccadilly Gardens, while in the West Midlands stunned police discovered a BBQ that was being held by more than 20 locals.
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