Coronavirus UK Updates: Almost one in four likely to break lockdown restrictions on Christmas Day

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Almost one in four likely to break lockdown restrictions on Christmas Day
Coronavirus UK Updates: Almost one in four likely to break lockdown restrictions on Christmas Day Officers in Blackburn found more than 100 guests at an event on Sunday evening, while in Greater Manchester a fixed penalty notice was issued to the organiser of a wedding with more than 50 guests and a marquee. Both areas are subject to local restrictions to prevent people socialising with other households. Blackburn and Darwen Police said on Facebook that the gathering was dispersed without further issue, adding: "This is a clear breach of both local and national restrictions that puts everyone attending at risk." Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods told BBC Lancashire: "The vast bulk of those people were asked to leave. They were very compliant and they did, but in effect that wedding reception was closed down and what remained was a small number of people." He said further action would be considered against the venue. The wedding in Whalley Range, Manchester, was one of 54 reported breaches between 3pm and 11pm on Sunday in Greater Manchester, police said. Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Pilling said: "Can you imagine a vulnerable loved one not being able to get through to 999 when in an emergency, because our phone lines are tied up with people reporting illegal parties? It's this serious."

Almost one in four Brits have admitted that they will break any lockdown restrictions that attempt to prevent them seeing family from another household bubble on Christmas Day.

In a survey of 1,000 UK consumers conducted by Birmingham Law Society, 23.4 per cent admitted they are likely to break the rules and see their family regardless.

Leading lawyers have warned the government all communication and policy announcements relating to the Christmas period need to made clear, and that a distinction is made between what is regulation and guidance.

Adrian Keeling QC, Barrister at No5 Barristers’ Chambers, and member of the Birmingham Law Society, said: “Our survey results suggest a significant proportion of the British public are willing to break the law in order to see their extended family on Christmas Day.

“People have to realise however that, no matter what their individual circumstances are, they are obliged to abide by the law. If they do not, then they could face significant penalties. The law applies to all, even if you do not agree with it.”

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