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Police warn of tougher action to enforce lockdown rules in England

BBC, 13 Jan 2021
Police forces are warning they will take tougher action against those who do not comply with the coronavirus restrictions in England.

The head of the National Police Chiefs' Council said there will be more officers on patrol to crack down on people he called “dangerous, selfish and totally irresponsible” for breaching the lockdown rules.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has thanked the majority of people for complying with the rules, but blamed a minority who she said were putting the health of the nation at risk. She said the current rules are tough enough but under constant review.

Official figures show that in the last year the pandemic has caused excess deaths in the UK to rise to their highest level since World War Two. The statistics show there were nearly 85,000 more deaths in 2020 than expected.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by home editor Mark Easton, health editor Hugh Pym and deputy political editor Vicki Young.

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