Policing Minister Kit Malthouse has said that people should consider calling the police if they are concerned that their neighbours are breaking the new “rule of 6” which starts today.
Minister says “report your neighbours” if they break new “rule of six”: It is now illegal to meet up in groups of more than 6 people, either inside or outside your property.
Those who break the law face fines of up to £3,200. Mr Malthouse, who was speaking to BBC Radio 4, said that “we are in discussions about what reporting mechanisms there might be, but there is obviously the non-emergency number that people can ring and report issues if they wish to”.
Asked whether that means reporting neighbours for larger numbers than 6 being gathered together he said “It is open to neighbours to do exactly that through the non-emergency number, and if they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about it”.
He also said that he cancelled his own child’s birthday party as he knew that he would be breaking the law. Infections reported daily are now beginning to rise about 3,000 and Sunday’s total of 3,330 meant that it’s the first time since May that it has risen over 3,000 in 3 consecutive days.
Chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, has denied that police enforcement of the rule needed people to “grass up” their neighbours. Speaking on BBC Breakfast he said “we all have a responsibility to do what we can do, to take the steps that are required to stop the transmission and to abide by regulations so we can prevent this disease moving further through the country”.
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