March 24, 2020
The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation last night cast doubt on officers’ ability to deal with Boris Johnson‘s lockdown – meaning the Army may need to help enforce the strict new coronavirus measures.
This evening, the Prime Minister put strict limits on when people are able to leave the house, and also banned gatherings of more than two people.
In his address to the nation Mr Johnson said if people do not follow the new rules officers ‘will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings’.
Police will be able to fine people £30 if they ignore the rules and these on-the-spot fines will be ‘ramped up’ if there is widespread flouting, the government has said.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said the lockdown plans would be ‘very difficult’ and he was already seeing ‘large amounts of sickness’ among officers across London.
He told the BBC: ‘As you quite rightly point out, we haven’t seen one of the 24,000 officers that we lost across the country.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 4:12 am