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An eagle eyed member of the public has taken pictures of police officers sitting in a packed cafe in south London in an obvious breach of the tough new coronavirus restrictions.

Brian Jennings, 44, snapped photographs of the officers in the Chef House Kitchen Cafe in Greenwich on Friday. The photos show what appears to be a table of officers sitting inside despite the current restrictions banning groups from mixing and eateries from doing table service. Jennings, from Blackheath, said he was extremely angry on seeing the officers together after reading that members of the public had received fines for walking with a coffee.

He said “There’s a large police depot on the Thames riverside near me. I walk past it a few times a week because it’s a nice quiet place to take exercise. On the neighbouring industrial estate, there’s a cafe. We noticed in the first lockdown and then we noticed it again today that, regularly, first thing in the morning there will be half a dozen squad cars outside and every table full of police officers having breakfast in there.

It’s not a one-off. Its been going on for a few months. You read about people getting fined in the papers and it seems hypocritical as there’s no attempt at social distancing in the cafe. It’s a public cafe and it’s open and it’s serving table service in lockdown – it is not good. It’s about as bad as it gets in the UK with a virus and it’s insensitive and stupid. I think it’s really bad.”

He went on to say “I find the regular, continued flouting of social distancing, and lockdown regulations by the police hypocritical and foolish at this time when the infection rates in Greenwich Borough are among the highest in the UK.” When asked, the Met Police said that they were aware of the photographs and would be looking into the problem.  Global247News Twitter

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