Police have turned away more than 1,000 cars from a Welsh village in two days as people flout lockdown laws.

Some of those visiting Ystradfellte, in Powys, Wales, said they thought the rules were the same as in England.

Dyfed-Powys Police police said 1,000 vehicles from places including London, the Midlands and Bristol, descended on the Brecon Beacons village last weekend, NorthWalesLive reports.

One Devon family who made a 350-mile round trip to the area in recent weeks said they wanted to 'look at the sea'.

A doctor from London said they had gone to Powys to buy lamb.

Other stops have included 19 men who travelled from Liverpool to go camping and off-roading, a family of five and a dog from Warwickshire who wanted to have a "stroll on the beach", and a family of four from Northampton who "fancied a spin".

One family was on a 350-mile round trip

While others have broken lockdown to pick up items including a remote controlled car and a bouncy castle.

In May, police also stopped four people who attempted to drive from Dorset to Milford Haven to look at a boat - a distance of 200 miles.

Two men were also fined in Powys after claiming they had been delivering food to a relative in North Wales, yet did not know the address.

Police said that 72% of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

Some visitors said they were not aware of the Welsh rules

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.