Border patrol: The police officers tasked with stopping people coming from England into Wales

Border patrol: The police officers tasked with stopping people coming from England into Wales

Police in Wales have certainly had to adapt their approach since lockdown began. In recent weeks, Gwent Police - along with Wales' three other police forces - have been at the forefront, trying to stop people making unnecessary journeys since lockdown restrictions kicked in. They have also been dealing with stopping needless journeys from England into Wales. Differing lockdown rules are now in place in Wales and England, and have been so for almost two weeks. In England, people can sit in their local park and drive to other destinations. In Wales, you can't; the mantra firmly remains 'stay at home' to help save lives. Gwent Police have begun focusing some of their vehicle journey checks towards the Monmouthshire and Chepstow areas, near the border with England, to nip inessential journeys where drivers are flouting rules in the bud. WalesOnline joined Gwent Police on a car check operation just outside Monmouth on the A466, which runs right next to the border. Passing vehicles are directed into a small car park, where officers question drivers about their journeys and carry out routine vehicle safety checks. Inspector Stefan Williams said officers have been seeing increasing numbers of journeys being made into Wales since UK Government guidelines and Welsh Government guidelines began to differ. Inspector Williams said reports from local residents suggested a number of people from outside the county had been seen in the area that day. "Obviously some of those reasons may be legitimate because businesses have been given the green light to start opening up," he ...
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