People should call police on persistent lockdown rule-breakers, Britain’s top officer urged today.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said people should ring police if their neighbours repeatedly flout Covid-19 rules.
She told LBC radio: “The last thing I’m going to say on national radio is everyone should be shopping everybody. I don’t think that.
“What I do think is, if you do have concerns that somebody is persistently not complying with the restrictions, with the regulations, then, yeah, you should talk to us.
“If you feel comfortable to do so, then talk to us.”
Dame Cressida said the force are receiving “hundreds of calls a day” from concerned people, with fines handed out to those who are “completely reckless”, having house parties or keeping a restaurant, pub or cafe open.
She accused a “small minority” of people of failing to comply with lockdown regulations.
Dame Cressida said: “I think it’s quite right that my officers are out there dealing with people, the small minority who are failing to comply,
and on occasion issuing tickets, or if they refuse to give their names and addresses, and some people do, then of course they can be arrested.”
The Met issued more than 140 fixed penalty notices, totalling £39,000, over the weekend in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney alone.
Fourteen seafood hauliers protesting over the Brexit fishing deal at Whitehall were fined on Monday.
Asked by a supermarket worker about people refusing to wear face masks in shops, the Commissioner said staff should call police if someone is “very rude or violent”.
But she added: “We can’t patrol and we won’t be patrolling all supermarkets, that will be impossible and not appropriate.
“I think there is a responsibility on stores and store owners and store managers.
“I don’t underestimate that on occasion it can be a difficult job.”