PRITI PATEL will demand Brits follow coronavirus rules more stringently in a televised briefing from No10 tonight as police crackdown on COVID flouters.
Spanish style flouting fines are expected, where local police can issue on the spot fines for a long list of offenses.
As the coronavirus pandemic is totally out of control in the UK, much of it has been blamed on citizens quite simply flouting the regulations issued.
Many citizens have been complaining that the police have been ‘too soft’ in the United Kingdom.
Now Patel is expected to toughen up in the fight against flouters. The Home Secretary is expected to make a direct appeal to the public to follow the lockdown restrictions in England, warning police will take tough action on those who don’t. Ministers are worried Brits are bending the rules as the country suffers lockdown fatigue nearly a year on from the start of the pandemic.
British ex-pats who reside in Spain and have been under a far tougher regime since the pandemic outbreak have shared their views with Global247news.
Kate Wilmslow, residing in Benalmadena for the last 8 years said” ” Only a year too late! – I flew back last year to visit my mother and couldn’t believe the lack of respect for the virus, it was if as people couldn’t be bothered – it was nothing like Spain at all.”
Jimmy O’Brien in Fuengirola said: ” We’ve sat here in Spain, knowing exactly what was going to happen in Britain, it was so bloody obvious – now the results are showing – it’s all their own fault, acting like animals on occasions
“Spain is far safer, why? tougher regulations – they don’t even have to wear facemasks out in the street, whereas here we getting fined €100 on the spot for no mask-wearing, its been far too lax back home and now they are paying the price” he finished.
At 5 pm, Priti Patel will order the public to abide by the draconian measures or face being slapped with a police fine just as residents of Spain are hit hard.
Speaking to the media this morning, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said officers would be less flexible on those breaking rules going forward.
She said: “We have said last week, and again today, that we are moving more quickly to enforcement.
“We will move more quickly to enforcement, and particularly where somebody is breaking the law, breaking the regulations, and if it is absolutely clear that they must have known, or do know that they are, then we will move very swiftly to enforcement and fining people.”
She said it was “preposterous” 10 months on from the start of the pandemic that anyone could claim to be unaware of the need to follow the stringent measures designed to curb Covid-19 cases.
She added the police in London had issued more than 300 notices in the space of 24 hours for “flagrant” violations of the regulations.
Whilst in Benidorm, Jack Harris blames the British lack of respect for the virus actually killing his now home town:
“Because the British have not behaved themselves as we have here in Spain, they have caused the collapse of the tourist market here, indirectly they are killing Benidorm and other areas, I blame them totally, thousands of lives in Benidorm have suffered to the British ignorance both in 2020 and now what looks like 2021”
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