A police force in the UK has vowed to break up Christmas family gatherings that violate coronavirus ‘social distancing’ restrictions.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said the force wouldn’t hesitate to intervene in situations where the rules were being broken.
“If we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce,” Jamieson remarked.
The West Midlands is currently under a Tier 2 lockdown, which means that it’s illegal for two separate households to mix indoors, although there appears to be widespread non-compliance across the country.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says officers will enter homes and separate households if necessary https://t.co/eC1EyCmPVy— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 27, 2020
After BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire said she would break the rules to see her family at Christmas, she was forced to recant and apologize.
Respondents to the news vented their fury.
“Its almost as if the police and politicians are deliberately trying to provoke people. If they do try this at Xmas things will get very nasty very quickly,” said one.
“It is now the time to stand up against this tyranny!” added another.
Others pointed out that without a warrant, police wouldn’t legally be able to enter homes to enforce the rules.
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