Britain’s top police officer has said she has “no interest in interrupting family Christmas dinners” to catch the Covid-19 rule breakers.
During an LBC radiotelephony on Friday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force will work “with whatever the government says are the current restrictions.”
But when asked by host Nick Ferrari whether her agents would “bang on the door and count the number of people eating turkey” during the festive period, Dame Cressida said police do not have the authority to enter people’s homes. to enforce coronavirus legislation.
“We don’t have access rights,” she said.
“I’m not going in any way to encourage my people to storm through people’s doors or knock on people’s doors unless you have, as we sometimes do – and then they can’t come in, they can knock – a huge party going on, which is clearly very dangerous and causes a lot of concern for the neighbors.
“Well, we might knock on the door and say, ‘You have to stop this’.”
Reports suggest households may be allowed to mix within five days of Christmas Eve, and ministers are considering plans to allow three or four households to form bubbles.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said Friday that there should be some rules on Christmas, but told broadcasters he was keen for people to have “some joy” after a difficult year.
Dame Cressida said, “Of course we don’t know what the rules will be at Christmas.
Let’s see what the rules are, but I’m not interested in interrupting family Christmas dinners.
“The police have a lot more to do.”
Dame Cressida also defended the Met’s oversight of England’s second national lockdown after criticism after depicting about 30 officers attending a North London gym.
Andreas Michli, 34, was fined £ 77,000 by the Haringey Council for refusing to close his Zone Gym in Wood Green.
Gyms are on the list of venues to close under the national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions that went into effect in England on Nov. 5.
Michli was finally forced to close the gym last week after police blocked customers from accessing the property and the council obtained a closure order following a hearing on Tuesday in Highbury Magistrates’ Court.
Dame Cressida described the incident as a “truly extraordinary case” and said the image of 30 officers was taken during a “transition” between two groups.
“I spoke to the commander in charge there and the person in charge that day,” she said.
We wish we didn’t have to do these things, of course.
“People have to obey the law. I think we did it right. “