Man must pay £800 after travelling to another part of Wales to walk dog in lockdown

The incident happened during the first national lockdown when Wales was subject to travel restrictions (file photo)

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A man has been ordered to pay more than £800 after travelling from one part of Wales to another during the first lockdown.

Keiran Lee Davies-Evans, 28, was pulled over by police carrying out lockdown stop-checks on the A477 outside Amroth, near the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire border.

He was found to have “without reasonable excuse, during the emergency period, left or remained away from the place where he was living, (and) namely travelled from his home address in Carmarthen to Pembrokeshire in order to walk a dog”.

The incident happened during the first national lockdown when Wales was subject to travel restrictions.

Travelling at the time was limited to ‘essential reasons’, while there was also a general five-mile restriction in place as a rule of thumb.

However, on May 4, the man from the Llangunor area of Carmarthen put his dog in his car and headed west, Wales Online reports.

Welsh police pulling over motorists at a police checkpoint (file photo)

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At Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 12, it was decided that Davies-Evans be fined £660 for the offence.

Furthermore, he was ordered to pay a surcharge of £66 and costs of £85, making a total of £811, which must be paid by December 10.

The fine handed out to the 28-year-old was one of hundreds issued by Dyfed-Powys Police during the coronavirus lockdown – they were the busiest force in the UK by far when it came to enforcing lockdown restrictions earlier this year.

He went to walk his dog (file photo)

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Between March 27 and September 21, they issued more than 1,700 fixed penalty notices.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "Dyfed-Powys Police has worked hard during the pandemic to ensure that our communities adhered to the regulations put in place to control Covid-19.

"The majority of the fines were issued during the first three months (April – June) when the whole country was on lockdown.

“Where people were not adhering to the regulations, we did and will enforce.

"Our force area welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually and the risk of coronavirus did not put some people off.”

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