Carol Richards, 68, and husband David, 66, of Bridgend travelled 10 miles to visit dementia sufferer Decima Minhinnick at Picton Court Care Home. They were reprimanded by police on the way back despite having received permission to see Ms Minhinnick and handed a £60 penalty.
Jesus! Imagine that conversation in the police canteen:
"Any good jobs today?"
"Yes, caught a burglar red-handed, just booked him in at custody."
"Me and my dog tracked down a lost missing disabled child in the woods, we're just back from the hospital."
"I stopped a couple visiting their dementia hit mother at her care home and gave them a fine."
So...what sort of hairy-arsed dinosaur of an unreconstructed police officer was so stupid? I mean, it must have been one of those uncaring hard-nosed blokes, right?
Mrs Richards had described the incident as 'dystopian', adding: 'A police lady flagged us down and I thought 'Oh right, they're policing the area, that's fine'.
'So I explained to her that we were going home, we'd been to Picton Court visiting my mother but she said this was a non-essential visit.
She said 'We'd all like to knock on our mother's window to see them but you can't do that'.'
'I was totally gobsmacked. I was angry. She just would not listen to any protestations and so she said 'You're going to be issued with a £60 fixed penalty fine'.'
Remember this, the next time they start to say how 'feminising' the police would be a good thing...
The couple said they do not believe they breached lockdown rules and have complained to the Police Complaints Commissioner.
And the police are scrambling to get out ahead of the oncoming critiscism...
South Wales Police have now rescinded the fine after reviewing the incident, following a public backlash to the growing war on shutdown flouters.
But it shouldn't stop the complaint. Because the real issue here is this:
According to Welsh Government guidelines, outdoor visits to care homes are allowed for 'compassionate reasons'.
Why did the police officer not know this? Why did she feel confident in issuing the fine? And...which number checkout will she eventually be working at Lidl when they do what they should do, and fire her useless arse?