People are being urged not to travel to a Pembrokeshire beauty spot to see the snow after “hundreds” arrived last month.
Dyfed-Powys Police, Pembrokeshire County Council and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority have pleaded for members of the public not to visit the Preseli Hills as more snow is forecast at the weekend.
It comes after “hundreds” of people headed to the beauty spot following a period of snowfall in January despite the current alert level four restrictions stating to stay at home and not travel without reasonable excuse.
National Park Authority north area ranger, Richard Vaughan explained that while those people breached lockdown restrictions, they were also trespassing on private land and left litter behind.
He said: “Already this year hundreds of people have headed to Preselis after a period of snow.
“Despite the fact they should not have been there in the first place, people were trespassing on private land including fields where livestock is present and leaving litter behind for somebody else to clean up.
“There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the snow on the Preselis once restrictions are lifted, but for now please stay home and protect each other, the emergency services and our farming communities.”
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Dyfed-Powys Police superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Anthony Evans said that it had been “disappointing” for officers to see “hundreds of vehicles” at beauty spots such as the Preseli Hills.
He explained that some of the drivers had even travelled “considerable” distances.
“We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone, and that beauty spots such as the Preseli Hills are particularly tempting, especially with the forecast of snow,” Mr Evans said.
“But there is very good reason for the level four restrictions and the requirement to stay at home.
“It’s been disappointing for officers carrying out high-visibility patrols in areas such as this, when they’ve seen scenes where hundreds of vehicles are present, and some had travelled considerable distances too.
“I must emphasise that everyone has a personal responsibility to adhere to Welsh Government essential travel lockdown restrictions at this time due to the risks posed.
“Where engagement with people fails, fixed penalty notices have and will be issued to blatant breaches.”
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People are being urged to stay at home, especially as driving in icy conditions could increase “the chances of being involved in an accident” at a time when healthcare services are already under huge pressure.
Pembrokeshire County Council cabinet member for infrastructure, councillor Phil Baker, added: “Travelling to the Preseli Hills or anywhere else following snow fall is not essential travel, no matter how tempting.
“Driving in slippery conditions also makes the chances of being involving in an accident far greater at a time when our health services are already stretched.
“During snow and icy conditions our winter maintenance teams will be out gritting roads and inconsiderate parking also makes it far more difficult for them to carry out their important work.
“Please take responsibility for keeping yourself and your family safe by staying home and not putting others at risk should you break down or require rescue.”
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