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Man Arrested For Driving Back To England At 122mph After Haircut In Wales

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Man Arrested For Driving Back To England At 122mph After Haircut In Wales

A man was arrested after he was caught driving back to England at 122mph following a haircut in Wales.

People in England aren't able to book appointments at hairdressers until 12 April at the earliest due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions; it is also prohibited to travel outside of your local area across the UK.

The motorist was stopped near Junction 23 of the M5 by Avon and Somerset Police on Thursday (18 March).

The force said in a tweet: "Officers stopped a car driving at 122mph near J23 of the #M5 yesterday.

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"The occupant was travelling back from Wales after getting a haircut.

"A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs after failing a roadside test.

"Enquiries ongoing."

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It comes after Wales' first minister Mark Drakeford warned businesses in the country's tourism sector not to take Easter bookings from people in England.

Self-contained accommodation in Wales can reopen on 27 March, but Drakeford said that 'if the industry were to act irresponsibly, the penalty would be we wouldn't be able to carry on reopening the industry'.

Speaking to PA news agency last week, he said: "People who let accommodation should not be taking bookings from people who live outside Wales.

"We will be talking with our local authority colleagues and with the police next week, just to see if there is anything we need to do to mobilise our own enforcement authorities.

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"If the industry were to act irresponsibly, the penalty would be we wouldn't be able to carry on reopening the industry."


He continued: "I know there are rogues in any part of life. But I think that the industry will absolutely recognise that we want to go beyond self-contained accommodation.

"We want the tourism industry in Wales to have a longer and better season this year than we managed last year."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Avon and Somerset Police

Topics: UK News, lockdown, England, crime, Wales

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