Police Will Enter Homes And Break Up Christmas Dinners That Breach Lockdown Rules, Chief Warns
David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has said that if necessary, police will intervene to make sure families are sticking to the rules.
"If we think there's large groups of people gathering where they shouldn't be, then police will have to intervene," he told The Telegraph.
"If, again, there's flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce. It's not the police's job to stop people enjoying their Christmas. However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public
"The police are there to enforce it and keep people safe - they're not there to make judgments about whether people should enjoy themselves or not."
For areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 regulations, people must not mix households, meaning they should not meet up with others indoors (apart from if they are in a support bubble)
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Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson hoping to allow families to celebrate together over the festive period, Mr Jamieson said Christmas will be "very difficult".
Meanwhile scientific adviser Sir Jeremy Farrar has said the "usual celebrations" are unlikely. Speaking to Sky News earlier this month, he said: "Christmas will be tough this year. I don't think it's going to be the usual celebration it is and all families coming together, I'm afraid.
"I think we have to be honest and realistic and say that we are in for three to six months of a very, very difficult period.
"The temperatures drop, we are all indoors more often, we have the other infections that come this time of year.
"It's much better for us to be upfront and honest now, and say we are in for a really difficult time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel."
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