UK news Cambs police ready to crack down on breaches of Covid rules last minute news
MetiNews.Com - It comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel issued a stark warning for rule-breakers in her Downing Street briefing
Breaking News ! Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed that they, along with police forces across the country, will be clamping down on those who continuously or 'blatantly' breach lockdown rules. Crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse said officers would be adopting a new “high-profile” approach to enforcing the rules that could include stopping members of the public to ask why they are not at home. While Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a briefing yesterday evening, January 12, a minority of the public are “putting the health of the nation at risk” as she backed a tougher police approach to lockdown rules. Speaking at the Downing Street briefing she said officers are moving more quickly to issuing fines where people are clearly breaching the coronavirus lockdown rules. Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire news today: Get the latest CambsLive updates into your inbox with our daily newsletter Read More Related Articles A141 Wimblington crash: Dad killed in crash on Cambs road just weeks after losing new-born son When it comes to our county, a spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said they are continuing to conduct patrols "to engage with those ignoring the restrictions." They said they will also be "encouraging them to comply and explain why the government advice is so important to keep us all safe." He added: "We will do everything possible to advise people and ensure as many people as possible help protect the NHS by staying home and saving lives. "Enforcement will be a last resort, but we will use it for blatant or repeat breaches." It comes as there is confusion around what exercising locally means, as many people, and even the Prime Minister have been spotted miles from their homes during their daily exercise.
. Chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Martin Hewitt said that more officers will be out on dedicated patrols to deal with rule-breakers, while Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has also spoken to councils about enforcing the regulations. Mr Hewitt told the briefing that officers will not “linger” trying to encourage the public to obey lockdown rules. He said: “It is very clear that we are now at the most dangerous stage of the pandemic.
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“There is a real and present risk that our health service could be overwhelmed and people – our friends and family – could die needlessly from this virus. “So, we must all play a part in stopping that from happening. “Ten months on, the rules are clear and I urge everyone to abide by them “With a virus spreading so rapidly through contact with others we should all be asking ourselves whether our reason to leave home is truly essential. “Those personal decisions are critical.”