Cops fine three Londoners for 250-mile trip despite lockdown to camp at Welsh beauty spot

THREE covidiot campers were collared by cops after driving more than 250 miles from London to camp at a Welsh beauty spot.

Police say the lockdown-busters were caught at the picturesque beach in Mwnt where they were handed fines and immediately sent packing.

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A spokeswoman for Dyfed Powys Police said: "Three men from the London area were located having set up camp at Mwnt.

"They had travelled a considerable distance only to be fined and sent straight back home."

The stunning beach is popular with walkers and visitors as seals and dolphins can often be seen from its shoreline.

Last weekend, thousands of Brits headed to beaches – some in large groups – despite repeated warnings to stay indoors during the pandemic.

People now caught driving to the beach or having a picnic in a park face fines of up to £960 or even arrest.

While it is okay to visit your nearby beach to exercise or walk across, anyone travelling further than their local area or visiting to sit or meet in large groups are breaking the law.

And the authorities have made it clear they will come down hard on those driving to fararway beaches and second homes.

Police patrols and road blocks have even been placed on popular tourist roads in Wales to ensure second home owners and other tourists keep clear.

Britain will stay in lockdown for at least three more weeks until it passes five key tests, Dominic Raab has announced.

The Foreign Secretary’s checks include ensuring the NHS is not overwhelmed by coronavirus victims and seeing a steady reduction in deaths.

Mr Raab said yesterday that the current restrictions were helping to halt the spread of the virus.

He added that the UK was still on course to take three months to come out of the current peak — taking the lockdown to June.

Experts also warned some social distancing measures could stay in place until a vaccine is found, which could take up to 18 months.

Earlier this week we reported how 20 men were caught playing cricket in a park because they were “bored” during the lockdown.

The selfish group were stopped by police on Moor Park in Preston after heading out with a bat and ball on bank holiday Monday.

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