Met Police warn against breaking lockdown for NHS clap

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Metropolitan Police have issued a warning to the pubic not to break social distancing rules in order to participate in the nation’s weekly Clap for our Carers.

The force came under fire in previous weeks when hoards of people flouted coronavirus lockdown rules and flocked to Westminster Bridge to show their appreciation for the NHS.

Ahead of tonight’s clap at 8pm, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: “Like millions of people across the UK, thousands of MPS officers and staff are joining Clap for Carers tribute every week.

“Tonight will be no different as they take a few moments out of their duties, wherever they are, to mark the work of our remarkable NHS.

“As this event has gained prominence it is understandable that major landmarks, including Westminster Bridge in central London, have become focal points for those who wish to applaud.

“However, it is not acceptable for people to disregard the safety of themselves and others.”

Mr Twist said that officers will be present tonight to encourage members of the public to observe social distancing rules and added that those who are in breach of the legislation will be asked to return home.

Meanwhile, the National Police Chiefs’ Council said today that a total of 8,877 fines for alleged breaches of lockdown laws were issued by police forces in England between March 27 and April 27.

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