A MUM from the West Midlands who had taken her family to a Welsh beach told police that Boris Johnson said she could.

A video shared widely on Twitter shows a male and female police officer in Barmouth asking the woman to return home.

When the woman tells them "Boris Johnson said we can" one of the officers explains that travel restrictions and lockdown measures in Wales are different to those in England and nobody should be crossing the border to visit beaches and other beauty spots.

She tells the officers she has visited the beach three times before during lockdown.

On the video, she his heard to say: "You’re telling me it’s illegal for me to be at this beach when Boris Johnson has said that you can.”

The officer replies: "We're telling you that its different in Wales than it is in England.

During the conversation, the woman asks are there any beaches she can go to.

The officer answers: "Not in Wales, no."

The incident comes as North Wales Police, the Welsh Government, and Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board have repeatedly put out the message that people should not travel into Wales until it is safe to do so.

Celebrities such as Mike and Jules Peters, Harry Wilson, George North and Robbie Savage have backed the message, telling people that our beaches, mountains and beauty spots will still be here when lockdown measures are lifted.

With the second Bank Holiday weekend of the month here, North Wales Police is urging people to continue with their good work by continuing to stay at home.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Harrison said: “Thank you for your support over the past eight weeks – the majority of you have been fantastic in staying inside and following the rules. But we need to keep going. Everyone must continue to contribute to the national effort to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and I am grateful to the vast majority who have made significant changes to their daily habits and routines. You really are playing your part in helping to save lives.

“Restrictions remain more stringent here in Wales. Our tourist attractions, parts of the national park, pubs, restaurants, cafes, caravan, holiday parks and campsites all remain closed.

“When exercising you must stay local.

T/ACC Harrison added: “Despite our repeated messages including national media coverage, we’ve continued to see people travelling totally unreasonable distances into north Wales which is extremely disappointing.

“Our focus continues to be to reassure, inform and engage with people so they understand why these restrictions are in place. Teams continue to be out and about in our communities and on the road networks, and will be once again this weekend, ensuring the people are complying with the restrictions.”

The Welsh Government has confirmed that from yesterday (Friday) the maximum penalties for breaching the lockdown will rise.

The existing fines structure, which imposed a £60 fine for a first offence rising to £120 for a second and subsequent offences, will be replaced by a new structure in which the fines double for every offence – rising from £60 to £120 to £1,920 for the sixth offence.