A couple was stopped and fined while travelling from England to deliver Christmas presents to family in Cardiff.

Police were given temporary powers to stop and fine drivers on Friday morning following concerns that people from England flocked to the Welsh capital at the weekend.

The couple were one of 110 cars that were stopped within the first 24 hours of Welsh police starting their random checks.

The pair had driven about 200 miles from Essex before they were turned away for breaching England’s lockdown rules, which will remain in place until Wednesday.

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A group of nine people, who were travelling in separate cars to visit friends at university together, were also all turned back by police. Officers fined 12 other people and warned 15 others to leave the Welsh capital.

Those who break the rules can now be fined £60 for their first offence and £120 for a second offence that doubles for repeated offences up to a maximum of £1,920.

Although there are no travel restrictions within Wales, people in England are not allowed to cross the border without a ‘reasonable excuse’ which includes travelling for work and ‘compassionate grounds’.

Wales ended its ‘firebreak’ lockdown almost one month ago, meaning restaurants, pubs and non-essential retailers are currently open for business.

Superintendent Wendy Gunney said: ‘I would like to thank the vast majority of people who are enjoying their weekend with caution and within the confines of the existing regulations, but those not adhering to the rules are continuing to put others at increased risk.

‘The measures which are in place are in place for a reason. Our checks will continue throughout the weekend, and anybody blatantly flouting the rules, which have been made very clear, face being fined.’

The checks continued until 5pm on Sunday.

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