Wales has been under strict lockdown restrictions for the entirety of 2021 so far.

The current alert level four rules only allow essential journeys apart from exercise which should start and end at home unless there is a medical reason why someone may need to travel, according to the Welsh Government.

But even with the current measures having been in place for more than two months, police forces in Wales have still been dealing with, and issuing fines for, a variety of breaches.

From customers fleeing a hair and beauty salon to a party in a garden shed, and even people travelling from England to take photographs of shoes on a mountain.

These are some of the most ridiculous breaches that have taken place in Wales so far this year.

Customers fleeing a hair and beauty salon

Customers flee a hairdressers in Cwmbran illegally operating under coronavirus restrictions

Last month, Gwent Police received a report that Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty, in Cwmbran, was open and operating despite the coronavirus restrictions in place.

When officers arrived at the salon they saw people going in through the front door and, after gaining entry, they found evidence which showed that tanning beds had recently been used and beauty treatments had been taking place.

CCTV footage captured eight people running away from the salon after leaving through the fire exit.

The business owner was issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for failing to close the premises, while three customers were also fined for attending the salon.

At the time, officers said they were carrying out enquiries to identify the others who were present.

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Travelling from England to take photos of shoes on a mountain

A group of four people from England travelled to Wales so they could take photographs of shoes on a mountain.

North Wales Police received a report from a park warden on Saturday, February 20, after the group parked at the Dol Idris car park in Snowdonia shortly after 8am.

When questioned by officers the group explained they had come to the area to get “photo content of a brand of shoes” and they specifically wanted shots at Llyn Cau.

The four individuals, who were from Salisbury, Manchester, Wokingham, and Dudley, were reported for breaching lockdown rules.

Barber cutting people’s hair in a garden shed

A 26-year-old man, from Caerphilly, was found cutting people’s hair in a makeshift garden shed barber shop.

Police fined the hairdresser £1,000 and told him to stop cutting hair immediately when they caught him at the beginning of February.

A complaint was received by a concerned resident, who reported an individual breaching restrictions.

Trading Standards and council enforcement officers visited the premises on Friday, February 5, to find the individual operating a business from his property.

Secret party with music equipment and fridge full of booze

North Wales Police responded to reports of a party in an industrial unit off Ernest Street in Rhyl
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A secret party with music equipment, “professional” lighting and a fridge full of alcohol was raided by police in north Wales.

After receiving a report of a party at an industrial estate off Ernest Street, in Rhyl, police discovered that the only way in and out of the unit had been padlocked shut.

Once they had gained entry inside they were greeted “with music equipment set up with professional lighting, sofas and fridges full of alcohol for a birthday party”.

Fifteen people were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations, while the business owner was also reported for organising an indoor event.

North Wales Police confirmed those at the gathering were from different households and were not social distancing or wearing face coverings.

Travelling from London and Milton Keynes to walk their dogs

At the beginning of the year, North Wales Police turned away people who had travelled to Snowdon from London and Milton Keynes to “walk their dogs” and “enjoy the snow”.

Officers stopped several individuals who wanted to walk up Snowdon over the New Year period.

London is just over 245 miles from the Welsh beauty spot and would have meant a five-hour trip.

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Party inside a garden shed converted into a bar

People from different households who gathered for a party in a shed in Swansea were fined for breaking lockdown rules.

Eight people were found at the party which took place in a garden shed that had been converted into a bar in the Sketty area of the city.

South Wales Police called the behaviour “unacceptable”.

Two men going on holiday to Dubai

Over the weekend of Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, South Wales Police issued a total of 138 fixed penalty notices.

Among those fined for Covid breaches were two men from the Vale of Glamorgan who travelled to Dubai for a holiday.

Also fined was a man who travelled from the Vale of Glamorgan to Port Talbot to buy a boat and was caught after his vehicle suffered a puncture on the journey home.

Gender reveal party

Nine fixed penalty notices were issued by police who responded to reports of a gender reveal party in Swansea.

Officers from South Wales Police said the party, which took place in the Townhill area, was “unacceptable” and “irresponsible”.

The party took place on Sunday, January 17, and was attended by a number of households.

On the same day, police issued four fixed penalty notices to people at an address in the Mount Pleasant area of the city who had met to watch a football match.

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People who travelled from London for a birthday party

Police fined 134 people for breaching Covid regulations over the weekend of Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 24.

Four of those fines were issued to attendees of a birthday party in Swansea – two of whom were guests who had travelled from London.

More than 70 people were fined for attending house parties throughout south Wales over the course of that weekend.

Travelling from Bristol to Swansea ‘for a holiday’

Two people from Bristol were fined after travelling to Swansea “for a holiday”.

The pair were caught in the Three Cliffs Bay area, in Gower, on Sunday, January 3.

South Wales Police urged members of the public to only travel when necessary.

Nine people watching a Six Nations match at their friend’s house

Nine people were handed fines after they were caught watching the England rugby match at a friend’s house earlier this month.

Police broke up the group – from several households – in the Uplands area of Swansea.

Meanwhile, officers in Merthyr issued another six fines as people gathered to watch the rugby together.

People who travelled from England to Snowdonia on New Year’s Day

Police on patrol in Snowdonia

Visitors from Kent, Southampton and Solihull were stopped by police at Snowdonia on New Year’s Day and branded “selfish”.

By mid-morning on January 1, officers said they had already reported “several” people for breaching restrictions.

Barber operating from his home

Over the weekend of Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, South Wales Police fined a barber who had been operating from his Bridgend home, along with two customers.

Officers also fined five people at a 30th birthday party in hired accommodation in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, with one person travelling from Yorkshire to attend.

278 fines were issued over that weekend for parties, gatherings, travel into Wales and car-sharing.

Nine people who travelled from across Wales to meet up

Between them, the nine people had made the journey to Barry Island from Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent.

South Wales Police issued the group with fixed penalty notices for “travelling without reasonable excuse”.



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