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Angler caught fishing 80 miles from home in lockdown is slammed by top cop

A person who travelled 80 miles to go fishing during lockdown has been criticised by North Wales’ top cop.

Police caught the fishing enthusiast in Conwy, and Chief Constable Carl Foulkes praised officers he said were doing a “great job” enforcing the lockdown rules.

The Welsh Government’s advice on angling states that exercise should be done locally, meaning people cannot drive to exercise outside their local area.

The primary purpose for leaving home should be to exercise.

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Anglers on Llandudno's West Shore at Sunset ignoring the essential journey rule as the Coronavirus lockdown shows no sign of being eased

Anglers on Llandudno’s West Shore at Sunset ignoring the essential journey rule as the Coronavirus lockdown shows no sign of being eased
(Image: Ian Cooper/North Wales Live)

Writing on Twitter, Chief Constable Foulkes said: “Caught up this morning with officers in and around Conwy doing a great job engaging with community and in a small number of cases having to enforce the regulations.

“Travelling 80 miles to go fishing can never be considered to be local.”

It comes after three men from three different addresses were also stopped by police after travelling over 100 miles from Manchester to Anglesey.

Officers stopped the vehicle on its approach to the Menai Bridge on Friday.

Anglers fishing on Llandudno's West Shore at sunset earlier this month as the Coronavirus lockdown shows no sign of being eased in Wales. Photo by Ian Cooper

Anglers fishing on Llandudno’s West Shore at sunset earlier this month as the Coronavirus lockdown shows no sign of being eased in Wales. Photo by Ian Cooper
(Image: IAN COOPER/NORTH WALES LIVE)

Later that same day, police also sent two men back home after they travelled more than 125 miles from Stoke-on-Trent to Newborough Beach.

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In a bid to deter covidiots visiting the island this weekend, police checkpoints have been put in place on the Britannia Bridge and Menai Bridge.

Traffic Wales have warned those making non-essential journeys, or those travelling without a valid reason will be fined and sent home by police.

In a tweet shared today, Traffic Wales said: “Remember that all attractions on the island are closed.”

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