'No UK police action' against Boris Johnson aide after lockdown breach confirmed

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2020

"Had a Durham Constabulary police officer stopped Mr Cummings driving to or from Barnard Castle, the officer would have spoken to him, and, having established the facts, likely advised Mr Cummings to return to the address in Durham, providing advice on the dangers of travelling during the pandemic crisis".

Dominic Cummings may have committed "a minor breach" of lockdown rules when he drove to Barnard Castle but will face no further action, Durham police have said.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "On 12 April 2020, Mr. Cummings drove approximately 26 miles from his father's property to Barnard Castle with his wife and son".

"In line with Durham Constabulary's general approach throughout the pandemic, there is no intention to take retrospective action in respect of the Barnard Castle incident since this would amount to treating Mr Cummings differently from other members of the public".

"Boris Johnson's unwillingness or inability to do the right thing has left the Government looking untrustworthy and unprincipled", Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Johnson said he understood the "indignation" the public may feel over Cummings' actions, adding: "But I think what they want now is for us to focus on them and their needs rather than on a political ding dong about one adviser may or may not have done". His office 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".

Instead, he believes the "might" refers to possibility that police intervention "might" have been warranted, and believes Durham is saying there was a breach of the regulations.

"Therefore Durham Constabulary will take no further action in this matter and has informed Mr Cummings of this decision".

"But more importantly, what I'm anxious about is that people might think well if Cummings doesn't have to abide by the rules, why do I have to?"

We'll leave The Links Effect Podcast to elaborate a little more on the shot: "A "Dominic Cummings" is when a drive goes way off course, ends up somewhere it really shouldn't, yet there's no penalty".

It was their first appearance at the daily Downing Street briefings since before the Cummings story broke at the weekend, although they were seen leaving Downing Street shortly before the press conference on Monday. The PM, however, stood by his key aide.

About 40 Tory MPs called for Mr Cummings to resign or be fired after his journey came to light, but the prime minister said on Wednesday that it was time to "move on" from the row.

Durham police said it had also investigated reports Mr Cummings was spotted in Durham on April 19, which Mr Cummings denies, and police said they had "insufficient evidence to support this allegation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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