A police force has revealed some of the worst excuses given by people caught breaching coronavirus lockdown guidelines. Gwent Police have been checking vehicles across South Wales to ensure the government advice is being adhered to. While the majority took heed of officers’ warnings, the force said last week it had issued more than 80 fixed penalty notices to people ignoring them. Among some of the less-convincing ‘reasonable excuses’ offered by those caught outdoors was one person who insisted they don’t ‘watch the news’ and so had ‘no idea’ about the pandemic, and another saying they had ‘bought a new catapult and wanted to try it out’.
The South Wales Argus listed others including ‘I am taking my mate into Newport to buy drugs’ and ‘I thought I heard someone may be in trouble, so I came to have a look but I don’t know their name or remember the person who told me’. Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: ‘Those who carry on defying the government advice may face enforcement action, in line with our powers. There can be no excuses. ‘It is now more important than ever that we all continue to play our part in keeping our communities safe and protecting the vulnerable and the NHS. Please stay at home to help save lives.’