No UK police action against PM's adviser

Boris Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings has refused to quit over his 400km journey during lockdown.
Boris Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings has refused to quit over his 400km journey during lockdown.

British police have determined the prime minister's senior adviser Dominic Cummings might have committed "a minor breach" of lockdown rules when he drove to Barnard Castle but will face no further action.

Durham Constabulary have issued a statement to say they had examined the circumstances and they will take no further action.

"On March 27 2020, Dominic Cummings drove to Durham to self-isolate in a property owned by his father.

"Durham Constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father's premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence contrary to regulation six of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. (We are concerned here with breaches of the regulations, not the general Government guidance to "stay at home".)

"On April 12 2020, Mr Cummings drove approximately 26 miles from his father's property to Barnard Castle with his wife and son. He stated on May 25 2020 that the purpose of this drive was to test his resilience to drive to London the following day, including whether his eyesight was sufficiently recovered, his period of self-isolation having ended.

"Durham Constabulary have examined the circumstances surrounding the journey to Barnard Castle (including ANPR, witness evidence and a review of Mr Cummings' press conference on May 25 2020) and have concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention. Durham Constabulary view this as minor because there was no apparent breach of social distancing.

Boris Johnson is standing by his senior aide despite the Durham Police findings.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "The police have made clear they are taking no action against Mr Cummings over his self-isolation and that going to Durham did not breach the regulations.

"The Prime Minister has said he believes Mr Cummings behaved reasonably and legally given all the circumstances, and he regards this issue as closed."

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