Police have stopped a group of teenagers who travelled almost 70 miles to climb a Welsh mountain in the dark.
The group of five – four of whom were teenagers – were heading to Snowdonia to climb Tryfan when they were stopped by special constables. Officers reported the group, who had travelled from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, for flouting lockdown regulations, reports North Wales Live. The teens were also said to be wearing trainers, rather than specialist climbing gear.
A statement posted on the North Wales Police Special Constabulary Twitter page said: “Our team continue to come across motorists travelling in breach of COVID regs. This evening our road safety unit have reported 5 people including 4 teenagers who had travelled from Ellesmere Port to Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia to climb Tryfan in the dark in trainers!”
The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner spoke out after “selfish” people continued to flout the regulations this weekend after flocking to beauty spots across the region.
Police strongly criticised “selfish Covid rule-breakers” who “blatantly” broke rules and wasted police time after more than 100 cars were turned away from Moel Famau, which is on the border of Flintshire and England, by Saturday lunchtime.
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Meanwhile, in Snowdonia car parks have been closed to deter visitors. Regulations allow for fixed penalty notices to be issued – with sums ranging from £60 to £10,000.