Angry locals confront Sheffield man who drove 115 miles to Snowdonia despite coronavirus lockdown

Police were called after a Sheffield man who drove 115 miles to Snowdonia was confronted by angry local residents.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 9:19 am
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 2:05 pm

The driver was blocked in on a narrow country road near Bala by residents of the picturesque holiday hotspot in northern Wales on Saturday morning.

In a video shared online, an incredulous Welshman can be heard asking the driver, who was in a Range Rover with a trailer attached: “What the hell are you doing here? Haven’t you got a television or radio?”

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Police in Snowdonia said 'suitable words of advice were given'

The stand-off happened after the Government told people to avoid all but essential travel as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Police and a Snowdonia National Park warden arrived after being called by the visitor, who was reportedly told to return home.

Aled Wyn Williams, who was one of the locals to confront the visitor, reportedly said: “He told me he called the police because he felt threatened.

“I told him all we were doing was encouraging him to go home. If he hadn't called the police, I would have done.”

North Wales Police said officers had been called to a report at 10.12am that morning of a man being blocked on a country lane in Bala.

“Officers attended and suitable words of advice were given,” added a spokesperson for the force.

The incident comes after police in Sheffield set up checkpoints on streets across the city to check people are following the new rules, though officers in South Yorkshire said no fines had yet been issued.