Police chief: Relaxing lockdown makes our job harder

Monday, May 11, 2020

The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has called for more government guidance for officers enforcing changes to lockdown restrictions.

Boris Johnson last night announced that members of the public will be able to spend an “unlimited” amount of time outdoors from this Wednesday but warned that fines would be increased for those who did not observe social distancing while doing so.

Asked how these changes would affect police in carrying out their duty, Ken Marsh told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think it’s been made harder”.

“We need clear understanding of what you’re increasing [the fine] to, what you want done, how you want it done, who do you want us to deliver that to, because we have to take the public with us,” he said.

Police in the South East of England reported having to move hundreds of people on from beaches over the bank holiday weekend as temperatures hit the mid 20s and people to flocked to public spaces.

According to the Home Office, the first fine someone receives if police believe they are flouting restrictions will rise to £100 in England from Wednesday but will be lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days.

It said penalties will double for each repeat offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.

It is not yet clear if the same changes to fines will be adopted in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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