570 fines handed out by West Mercia and Dyfed-Powys police for lockdown breaches

Police officers in West Mercia and Powys have handed out a combined 570 fines for coronavirus lockdown breaches.

Police patrol stops to speak to a cyclist
Police patrol stops to speak to a cyclist

The latest figures show that 417 penalty tickets were handed out by Dyfed-Powys Police and 150 by the West Mercia force, which covers Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

Incidents include two groups who travelled through Mid Wales in an attempt to go off-road biking on May 2 and May 10, resulting in more than 19 notices being issued to those involved by Dyfed-Powys Police.

A total of 14,244 notices were recorded by forces in England and Wales between March 27 and May 11. Forces have powers to hand out a £60 penalty, reduced to £30 if paid promptly.

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