Posted: Fri 10th Apr 2020

Police probe reports of ‘cunning’ tourists sending suitcases to holiday homes by courier

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Friday, Apr 10th, 2020

Police are probing claims that tourists are sending suitcases to holiday homes by courier to dodge the coronavirus travel restrictions.

Officers are out in force in North Wales over the bank holiday weekend to make sure people are only undertaking essential journeys.

However, members of North Wales Police’s rural crime team revealed the force was also looking into reports of holidaymakers sending their clothes and other travel items ahead of them in case they get stopped.

They tweeted: “Unbelievably we are investigating reports that people are sending their suitcases via courier with their clothes to holiday homes in Wales!

“So if they get stopped enroute they are not found with them. Surely people aren’t that selfish and cunning…are they? #StayHomeSaveLives”

Police and the NHS have teamed up ahead of the Easter weekend to urge the public to stay at home to save lives and help protect the health service.

Normally, the holiday period would signify seeing family and friends and spending time outside in the many open spaces available across North Wales.

However, in these unprecedented times, the public are being urged to continue to follow the new measures put in by place the government due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

North Wales Police Chief Constable, Carl Foulkes said: “Traditionally during the Easter period it is a very busy time in North Wales and we normally welcome many visitors to the area.

“However, due to the challenge we are facing during this COVID-19 pandemic our message to the public is to stay home and help protect our NHS during this difficult time.

“We all want to stop the spread of the Coronavirus but we need everyone to play their part in making this happen.

“Our police officers will be out patrolling across the Easter period, both on our roads and in our busy communities, both engaging and spreading that message with the public.

“However, where people do not comply, then we will direct people to go home, and, if necessary, we will issue a fine.”

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