Live updates ahead of tougher lockdown policing

People across the UK and Derbyshire are being told to expect more police patrols as officers look to enforce lockdown rules.

Derbyshire police has faced criticism for its tough line but its strict approach to policing the lockdown has gained support at the highest level, with Home Secretary Priti Patel promising a nationwide crackdown on rule breakers.

Nevertheless, there is still confusion about what is and isn’t allowed during lockdown.

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, has said police cannot fine people who travel for exercise after two fine given to women who travelled less than 10 miles from home for a walk were dropped by Derbyshire Constabulary.

National Police Chiefs Council chairman Martin Hewitt criticised the “irresponsible behaviour” of a “stubborn number of people who have refused to abide by the regulations”, on Tuesday, January 12.

At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Hewitt said there was a real risk the NHS could be overwhelmed by the ongoing pandemic.

It comes after it was revealed that the most commonly broken rule during lockdown has been meeting up with more people than they are allowed to outdoors.

Dr Daisy Fancourt, from UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology & Health, told BBC Breakfast this is something that has been seen amongst all age groups.

She said: “I think people are thinking they’ve got that added protection from being outside with increased air and ventilation, which of course is true to a certain extent, but actually I think now we’re looking at this new virus we’ve got to be particularly cautious on this.”

However she added that she has been struck by how good the general rate of people complying with the rules is, saying that it is back to the same levels in May last year, with only a “very, very tiny” percentage of people flouting the rules.

You can keep up to date with today’s developments in our live blog below.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News