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Police chief explains why they can’t break up your Christmas dinner

The country’s most senior officer has been asked whether they will be raiding homes on Christmas Day

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Britain’s most senior police officer has said she has “no interest in interrupting family Christmas dinners” to catch Covid-19 rule breakers.

Speaking during an LBC radio phone-in on Friday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force will “work with whatever the Government say are the current restrictions”.

But when asked by host Nick Ferrari whether her officers would “bang on the door and count the number of people eating the turkey” during the festive period, Dame Cressida said police do not have the authority to enter people’s homes to enforce coronavirus legislation.

“We have no powers of entry,” she said.

“I have no intention in any way of encouraging my people to be barging through people’s doors or knocking on people’s doors unless you’ve got,…

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