Man who travelled from London to Tenby among those prosecuted for Covid travel breaches

A total of 21 people have been taken to court in the last six months after being caught breaking coronavirus restrictions and travelling to west Wales.

The defendants have been prosecuted at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court within the last six months for offences that have taken place since the pandemic began last year.

They include a man from Ireland who drove to Plymouth to pick up a car before being stopped on his way back to the port in Pembroke Dock and a man who travelled 230 miles from Hillingdon, in London, to Tenby.

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Each person was caught breaking the regulations in place at the time were fined with many of them having to pay more than £1,000 for doing so.

These are the people who have been prosecuted for making journeys to west Wales at a time when we were meant to stay at home:

  • A 25-year-old man from Cork, in Ireland, was stopped on the A477 Llanteg, in Pembrokeshire, and told officers he had travelled to Plymouth to pick his vehicle up when he was heading back to Pembroke Dock port on May 22, 2020. He was fined £1,100.
  • A 21-year-old man from Hillingdon made the approximately 230-mile journey to Tenby on May 24 last year. He was fined £1,100 as a result.
  • A 44-year-old man from Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands, drove to Llanfaredd, Builth Wells, “for a trip out” on May 1, 2020. He was fined £1,100 for doing so.
  • A 31-year-old man from Pencader drove to the A470 Storey Arms on June 16, 2020, for fresh air and to take photographs with his classic car. He was fined £565.
  • A 24-year-old man from Cardiff travelled from Cardiff to Saundersfoot beach on May 8, 2020. He was fined £1,100.

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  • A man from Llandybie travelled to Pendine to go camping on May 15, 2020. The 33-year-old received a £1,100 fine as a result.
  • One man from Barry travelled around 80 miles from Hengoed to Amroth on May 20, 2020. The 30-year-old was fined £1,100.
  • A 41-year-old woman travelled from Llandysul to Penally Camp, in Tenby, on November 7 last year. The woman, from St David’s, received a £1,100 fine.
  • One man from Birmingham travelled to Carmarthen on May 5, 2020. The 46-year-old received a £1,100 fine.
  • A 34-year-old woman from Llanelli was fined £200 for making the journey to Llanteg, in Pembrokeshire, “for a drive” on May 9 last year.
  • A man from Cardiff was stopped on the A40 Penblewin, Narberth, on May 6, 2020, after making the journey from Cardiff. The 40-year-old was fined £200.
  • A 33-year-old man from Ammanford drove to Pendine on May 15, 2020, “to go camping”. He received a £120 fine.
  • One man from Birmingham travelled to Northgate Street, in Aberystwyth, on May 29 last year to go to the beach. The 25-year-old received a £180 fine.
  • A 46-year-old woman from Swansea drove to Abermawr beach, in Pembrokeshire, on June 2, 2020, to stay overnight. She was fined £423 for doing so.
  • A woman from Llandysul travelled to Milford Haven on October 29 last year to collect a hire car and stopped off in Penally on the way home to walk her dog. The 41-year-old was fined £1,100.
  • A 23-year-old man from Swansea travelled to the A470 Storey Arms on January 2 this year. He received a £1,106 fine.
  • A man from Dudley, in the West Midlands, travelled to the A470 Brecon on December 29 last year. The 36-year-old was fined £320.
  • A 22-year-old man from Cardiff travelled to Abereiddy, in Pembrokeshire, to go camping on June 5, 2020. He was fined £200 as a result.
  • A man from Pembroke was stopped on the A486 Pencarreg on December 23, 2020. The 37-year-old was fined £1,100.
  • One man from Herefordshire made the journey to Llandrindod Wells on November 8 last year to visit friends. The 45-year-old received a £1,100 fine.
  • A 36-year-old man from Aberaeron drove to the A485 Peniel, in Carmarthenshire, on January 3 this year. He received a £200 fine.

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