Durham Police: Dominic Cummings may have committed ‘minor breach’

Mr Cummings has faced intense criticism

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dominic Cummings may have committed a “minor breach” of coronavirus lockdown regulations by driving to Barnard Castle but will face no further action, according to Durham police.

The force said in a statement that Mr Cummings had not committed an offence by locating himself at his father’s Durham residence to self-isolate with his wife and child.

But it added: “Durham Constabulary have examined the circumstances surrounding the journey to Barnard Castle…and have concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention.”

It said the breach was deemed minor because there was no evidence of breaking social distancing rules.

The force said that had an officer stopped Mr Cummings on his drive to the landmark, they would have advised him to return to the Durham address and provided he had done so, no enforcement action would have been taken.

“In line with Durham Constabulary’s general approach throughout the pandemic, there is no intention to take retrospective action in respect of the Barnard Castle incident since this would amount to treating Mr Cummings differently from other members of the public,” it concluded.

A Downing Street spokesman responded: “The Prime Minister has said he believes Mr Cummings behaved reasonably and legally given all the circumstances and he regards this issue as closed.”

The SNP’s Ian Blackford tweeted: “It is now beyond any doubt that Dominic Cummings did break lockdown rules. Boris Johnson has no choice but to remove him from his post.”

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