A group of 7 riders have been told to return to Wales after breaking Lockdown rules in the Forest of Dean last weekend.
The group of riders were in breach of the current guidelines after they travelled from Wales to ride in the Forest of Dean. By riding as a group in the area, they were breaching rules in both England and Wales. The Forest Police unit, that covers the area, has confirmed the incident on Twitter saying: "Officers have advised 7 males attending Cannop Cycle Centre today to return home to Caerphilly, should they be found in the area again during lockdown they will be fined!"
Since October the Gloucestershire Constabulary has said
it will be patrolling roads into England and stopping drivers from Wales and turning them around if the journey isn't allowed under current restrictions. While the force can't uphold guidelines in Wales they can hand out fines if English lockdown rules are broken.
The Gloucestershire Constabulary said in October: “While we cannot issue fines to those travelling from Wales into the county, we can inform the host force of those we stop about what has happened so they can take action.
"Officers will be running an operation over the weekend that will cover routes from Wales into the Forest of Dean and if we stop someone travelling from Wales we will be engaging with them to find out why, explaining the legislation and encouraging them to turn around if we are not satisfied with their explanation."
Currently, the area maintained by Forestry England is recommending people should only visit the area for their daily exercise if it is a short distance from their home.