Covid-19: Rule-breakers ‘increasingly likely’ to be fined – Cressida Dick

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It is "preposterous" that anyone could be unaware of the need to follow the coronavirus lockdown rules, the UK's most senior police officer has said.

Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said Covid rule-breakers were now "increasingly likely" to be fined by officers.

Writing in the Times, she said people were still holding house parties, raves and gambling gatherings in basements.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said tighter measures cannot be ruled out.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday, Mr Hancock pleaded for people to follow the current rules, saying: "It is your actions now that can make a difference."

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said there was currently no expectation that a more extensive clampdown of rules was on its way from Westminster.

The Scottish government's cabinet is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss restrictions.

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'Flagrantly ignoring rules'

Latest figures on Monday showed a further 529 people had died within 28 days of a positive test in the UK, while another 46,169 cases were reported.

There are also more than 32,000 people in hospital with coronavirus, data shows.

In her warning in the Times, Dame Cressida said officers were still finding people breaking the rules, despite clear laws that ban social gatherings.

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