Dame Cressida Dick: Police have ‘no interest’ in interrupting family Christmas dinners

Police have “no interest” in interrupting family Christmas dinner even if people are breaking the rules, Dame Cressida Dick has said. 

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner on Friday ruled out the prospect of officers monitoring private family gatherings on Christmas Day in the wake of coronavirus restrictions. 

While households in England are currently banned from mixing after the recent lockdown was enforced, Boris Johnson is rumoured to be considering allowing families to get together for several days over the festive period. However, changes to the current rules are yet to be confirmed. 

Speaking to LBC Radio, Dame Cressida said: “We have no powers of entry, I have no intention anyway of encouraging my people to be barging through people’s doors or knocking on people’s doors, unless you’ve got as we sometimes do, a huge party going on which is clearly very, very dangerous and causing lots of concern – for them, we might be knocking on doors, saying you need to stop this.

“We don’t know what the rules are, let’s see what they are, but I have no interest in interrupting family Christmas dinners.

“The police have lots of other things to be doing.”

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