NORTH Wales' police chief has sent a clear message that people must change their behaviour to protect themselves and others during the coronavirus crisis.

The region, popular with weekend daytrippers, saw people gather in several locations over the weekend.

This is contrary to advice from the Government and health chiefs in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

With cafes, fast foot chains, and public parks and play area closing across the country - the message is to only travel if absolutely necessary.

Today, North Wales Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: "Clear message that if we are to tackle coronavirus we need to change our behaviours this must include were we travel to, we saw far to many locations across north Wales with large numbers of people, we need to protect the NHS and each other."

Previously, the chief constable had spoken out to reassure residents during what he called a “worrying” and “unprecedented” situation.

In a short video message to the force’s social media followers, he said: “I recognise that this is a really worrying time for everyone in north Wales.

“We are absolutely determined to continue to provide the best possible service across north Wales.

“We are all thinking about our families and friends at this moment, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.

“I wanted to let you know what we are doing, keeping people safe and preventing crime.

“This is an unprecedented situation and policing will continue to adapt as the situation changes.

“We have plans in place to be able to move people and resources to meet the demands we face.

“We are working closely with our partners, in particular those in the health service.

“And we have an experienced command team in place who are keeping our operational response capability under regular review to ensure we can continue to meet our core policing duties.

“Our communities can help us; use our services appropriately and wisely.

“Think about using the live chat instead of calling into the control room.

“Finally, keep yourself and your family safe.”