DOZENS of people were caught by police at a "mass gathering" near a town on the Welsh border, in breach of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Police said the gathering on Saturday (June 27) near Presteigne was made up with people from a far afield as London, Dorset and Somerset. They added some were from Kent in south east England, which is more than 200 miles from the border town.

Officers from Radnorshire neighbourhood policing team shared a photo on Twitter showing several cars parked near an old farm outbuilding in a rural location and said 'around 40 people' were in attendance.

"Officers attended on the afternoon June 27 and advice was given to those present to leave and return home, with the majority complying," a Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said.

"Officers returned on the morning of June 28 to ensure everyone had left. One person was given an fixed penalty notice (FPN)."

Wales has a five-mile limit for non-essential journeys, and current lockdown guidance does not allow for mass gatherings.

Meanwhile in England, people can travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access beauty spots.

Up to six people who don't live together can currently meet in England, but should maintain social distance. Larger gathering are not permitted expect for certain reasons including education, funerals, work and care.