Woman fined for Covid breach after driving from Leicester to Wales to check her horse was OK 

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Why the long face? Woman is fined for breaching Covid rules after taking 360-mile round trip from Leicester to Wales to check her horse was OK

Woman was stopped by Ceredigion traffic police in Wales during routine checkPCs were not impressed to discover she drove from Leicester to check on horseLeicester was in Tier 3 and Wales was in 'firebreak lockdown' at the time of fine 

By Katie Feehan For Mailonline

Published: 11:53 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 12:02 GMT, 5 November 2020

A woman who drove from Leicester to Wales to check on her horse has been fined for breaching coronavirus rules.

Dyfed Powys Police said the woman broke lockdown rules by travelling from Leicester to Ceredigion - a 360 mile round trip.

The woman was stopped during routine checks by Welsh police after they went into a 'firebreak' lockdown on October 23. 

A woman was fined for breaching Covid rules after taking a 360-mile round trip from Leicester to Wales to check her horse was OK despite Wales being in 'firebreak' lockdown (stock image)

They fined the woman for making a non-essential journey after checking on the horse and finding it had no problems and was being well-looked after.

'She said she had travelled from the Leicester area to Ceredigion - a round trip of around 360 miles - so she could see a horse she owned in the county' said police.

'The horse is safe and well, so there was no need for breaching.

'This did not qualify as essential travel and she was given a fixed penalty notice for a breach of the regulations.'

The force would not confirm how much the woman had been fined. 

As part of enforcement, police set up checkpoints across country's borders (stock photo)

Under current Welsh Government rules, people are not permitted to travel from England 'unless they have a reasonable excuse' such as travelling to a workplace, place of education or to provide care.

As part of enforcing the lockdown, Welsh traffic police have set up checkpoints across the country's borders. 

Leicester was in Tier 2 at the time the journey was made which meant journeys were supposed to be limited where possible.

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