A police force wants powers to force entry into the homes of suspected Covid rule breakers.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has urged the government to give officers power of entry, to help ‘enforce the new regulations more easily.’
The edict comes as Scotland Yard warned its officers will take a harder line as they issue fines ‘more quickly’ to people caught without a mask, or outside without a reasonable excuse.
In a statement about its ‘stricter enforcement approach’, the force said: ‘Londoners can expect officers to be more inquisitive as to why they see them out and about.’
As the country is put in the grip of its third national lockdown, police insist they will clamp down harder on suspected rule breakers.
Mr Jamieson said: ‘For the small minority of people who refuse entry to police officers and obstruct their work, the power of entry would seem to be a useful tool.
‘I have raised this issue with the policing minister previously and clarity on the power of entry would help police officers enforce the new Covid regulations more easily.’
Before Christmas, Mr Jamieson said officers would break up family celebrations if they flouted lockdown rules over the festive period. The police chief also warned about Hanukkah and Diwali celebrations.