Black Friday border police on patrol to stop people in England nipping to sales in Wales

BLACK Friday border police will be sent out on patrols to catch people from England nipping into Wales to snap up a good bargain.

Welsh shops have been allowed to reopen, but with England still in lockdown many will have to make do with the online sales.

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People in Cardiff queue up for Black Friday sales


People in Cardiff queue up for Black Friday salesCredit: Matthew Horwood
It is illegal to cross from England, which is still in lockdown, into Wales


It is illegal to cross from England, which is still in lockdown, into WalesCredit: PA:Press Association

South Wales Police said it will use their powers to make sure visitors to Cardiff city centre were not in breach of any coronavirus rules.

In Wales people are not allowed to travel to areas with lower infection rates – and anyone living in England must have a “reasonable” excuse to travel across the border.

And Black Friday sales won’t make the cut for a good reason.

Police will have the power to carry out random checks on vehicles from 9am this morning until 5pm on Sunday.

Anyone found breaking the rules will be fined and be asked to leave the city.

People in England are still Black Friday bargain hunting online, with Aldi running out of Nintendo Switches and Apple airpods within minutes.

Welsh cops last weekend had to deal with “chaos” in Cardiff after reports people had “migrated” into Wales to take advantage of the open shops, restaurants and pubs – which are all still shut in Wales.

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A spokesperson for South Wales Police said they were working closely with Cardiff Council to ensure visitors could shop safely as they geared up for a day of frantic sales and busy city-centre pubs.

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Superintendent Jason Rees said: “The past few months have been difficult for us all, and with the rules having relaxed slightly, non-essential business re-opening and Christmas just around the corner, it’s understandable that people will
want to get out and about and enjoy all our city has to offer.

“The vast majority are doing so with caution and within the confines of the existing regulations, but those not adhering to the rules are continuing to put others at increased risk.

“We are anticipating another busy weekend in our city centre, and while we will continue to adopt the policing style we have throughout the pandemic – working with the public to encourage voluntary compliance – we are committed to enforcing where blatant and flagrant breaches occur.”

Robert Jenrick says it’s possible an area could move from Tier 3 to Tier 2 before Christmas

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