Five Men Crash Their Vehicle After Breaching Coronavirus Lockdown to Travel 100 Miles to Buy a Car

Five men breached coronavirus lockdown rules to travel more than 100 miles in the U.K. to buy a car, but ended up crashing their vehicle on the way.

Police in Wales said they were called to a single-vehicle crash in Anglesey on Tuesday afternoon. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the five occupants of the vehicle had traveled from Greater Manchester, England. Police said the men had come to Anglesey to buy a car.

In a post on Facebook, North Wales Police said: "Occupants of the vehicle and a convoy vehicle had travelled from Greater Manchester to Anglesey to purchase a car. Five males have been reported to court for breaching Covid-19 regulations."

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A police officer speaks to a man on Roath Recreation Ground on April 11, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

On Tuesday, North Wales Police said its roads policing team are actively patrolling the region to ensure people are not violating lockdown measures.

In a statement, Chief Superintendent Neill Anderson said far fewer vehicles have been on the roads since the U.K. government urged people to stay at home to limit the spread of the virus.

But he added that it is "extremely concerning" that some drivers are using the quieter roads to drive too fast and are "putting themselves and others in danger."

He said: "The continued focus on road safety is particularly important during the current pandemic when we all need to do what we can to reduce the pressure on the NHS to save lives.

"Fatal or serious collisions caused by taking risks and driving or riding at excess speed would add additional pressure to the NHS."

He added: "North Wales Police are out policing the road networks seeking to keep our roads and communities safe from those who put their lives and other innocent road users at risk. Please slow down, stay safe on the roads and protect the NHS."

The U.K.'s lockdown regulations limit people to only leaving their homes for essential reasons, including to go shopping for necessities, one form of exercise per day, for medical or health purposes or to travel to and from work, but only if they cannot work from home.

Police have been issued the power to fine those who breach the restrictions. The U.K. has more than 160,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and more than 21,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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