Three women have been fined for breaking the lockdown after they were caught dyeing their hair in a car park.

The rulebreakers were among hundreds of people found breaching coronavirus restrictions over the past few days in south Wales.

Despite Wales remaining under a ‘Level 4’ alert lockdown, police say many people ignored the measures to travel to beaches and parks.

Over 370 fines in total were issued over the weekend, including 13 people for non-essential travel to Penarth Pier.

Two people from Newport were fined as they made their way to Swansea beach for the day, and a further four people who went to Cyfarthfa in Merthyr Tydfil to walk their dog.

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Meanwhile, 105 fines were handed to people across eight separate house parties in Cardiff, while 13 others were caught at two gatherings in Barry.

Further west, a group of five men were stopped and fined after travelling from England to attend a party in Swansea.

Chief Superintendent Andy Valentine said: ‘We know it’s been a very challenging few months for our communities, and we can understand that people will have wanted a change of scenery in order to enjoy the good weather at the weekend.

‘But the reality is, coronavirus remains a very real threat to us all, and the whole of Wales continues to be under Level 4 restrictions for a reason.

‘The vast majority of us have made real sacrifices to support the national effort; to stop doing so now at such a crucial point risks undoing all we have achieved so far.

‘The rollout of the vaccine and the recent publication of plans to ease restrictions provides us all with much needed hope, but I would urge our local communities to continue following the rules that are
currently in place.

‘We do not want to be enforcing these rules, our preference would of course be for everyone to do the right thing.

‘But we remain unapologetically clear – those who blatantly or repeatedly breach the rules will face enforcement action.’

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