Grant Shapps: Police doing ‘incredible job’ under circumstances

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has applauded the work of the police amid the coronavirus crisis, saying officers are “trying their hardest”.

It comes after some forces have faced criticism for their handling of new lockdown legislation, being accused of using heavy-handed tactics to enforce the new law.

The rules in place to slow the spread of Covid-19 mean that people can only leave their homes for essential shopping, as infrequently as possible, to exercise once a day, to give or receive essential care and to travel to and from work when it is impossible to work from home.

Mr Shapps said the government has “been clear” about the new reality.

He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I don’t want to be super critical of the police either here, because I think they are doing an incredible job under unbelievable circumstances.

“Whilst I’m sure there have been a few over zealous examples, the public’s complying… most people want to make this work.”

The Conservative MP warned that “we shouldn’t use an exception to prove a rule”, adding “the police won’t always get it exactly right but they are trying their hardest.”

Meanwhile Mr Shapps is also involved in the huge rescue mission to bring home tens of thousands of British travellers stranded abroad as borders shut around the world amid the pandemic.

It is set to be the biggest repatriation operation to take place during in peacetime.

Mr Shapps told Julia:  “It’s going to be big, it’s going to be messy and it’s going to be complicated but we are working very hard to try to British nationals home who want to be returned home.”

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