Dominic Cummings DID break lockdown rules with Barnard Castle trip, police say

DURHAM police have concluded that Dominic Cummings DID break lockdown rules when he drove to Barnard Castle – but no further action will be taken.

Officers deemed the breach to be “minor” and said they would not take retrospective action. However, the force said if he had been caught at the time it would have “warranted police intervention”. 

A statement reads: “Durham Constabulary view this as minor because there was no apparent breach of social distancing.”

The force explained: “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.

“Had this advice been accepted by Mr Cummings, no enforcement action would have been taken.

“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. Durham Constabulary has not taken retrospective action against any other person.”

The force also said there was “insufficient evidence” to show that Cummings had returned to Durham by April 19, 2020.

“Therefore Durham Constabulary will take no further action in this matter and has informed Mr Cummings of this decision,” the statement read.

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Boris Johnson’s chief adviser had claimed he made the Easter Sunday trip with his wife and child to test his eyesight ahead of returning to London.

Cummings insisted he acted “lawfully and reasonably” at all times.

Cummings had been isolating on his father’s farm in Durham, 260 miles form his London home. 

A Number 10 spokesman said: “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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