Policing minister calls on people to ‘grit their teeth’

Policing minister calls on people to 'grit their teeth'

Minister for crime and policing Kit Malthouse said that as cases rise people had to “grit their teeth” and do their best to get through the current wave of the virus.

When asked on BBC Breakfast if people were fed up with restrictions, he added: “I think everybody is fed up, we are all fed up, nobody is enjoying this experience.

“But in truth this is the moment, as we see the numbers mounting, that we all have to grit our teeth and do our best to get through it.”

Mr Malthouse said the majority of people were complying with the rules and the number of fines issued by police for breaches was “tiny really”.

He added: “What we are seeing across the country, the polling is telling us there’s strong support for the measures being put in place and we are seeing high levels of compliance.”

Mr Malthouse told BBC Breakfast that each police force has its own plans to deal with the next phase of the pandemic.

He said that though there were some people “taking the mickey”, officers were generally encouraging the public to follow the rules.

He added: “We are seeing some people taking the mickey, frankly, and not complying, and in those circumstances the police are enforcing, particularly where we are seeing things like unlicensed music events.

“Most people recognise the very dangerous moment for us in this pandemic and are complying, and let’s hope that continues.”

Mr Malthouse said it was important that people inform themselves about the coronavirus regulations in their areas.

When asked on BBC Breakfast on Thursday about assistant chief constable Owen Weatherill’s comments about the new tier system being confusing, Mr Malthouse said the different rules do bring some “complexity”.

He added: “There’s plenty of information out there on the internet where people can go and inform themselves about what the regulations are in their area and that fundamentally is what we would recommend everybody has to do.

“We all need to recognise we have an individual duty towards our collective health and that means informing ourselves about what the regulations are in our area and complying with the rules.”

Mr Malthouse said that Chancellor Rishi Sunak had been “agile” to the different impacts of the virus throughout the pandemic.

While he told BBC Breakfast he did not know what Mr Sunak will announce later, he added: “There are lots of areas where people are filling MPs’ inboxes with emails of distress and concern.

“That’s all being fed in and so hopefully this afternoon we will see the Chancellor tack a little bit, trim the sails, to make sure we are getting the right balance in terms of the support we are offering across the economy.”

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