"Snitch On Your Neighbors To The Police" - UK Government Urges Citizens On New Lockdown Guidelines

The British public should report their neighbours to the police if they host gatherings of more than six people, a minister has said as new restrictions to contain Covid-19 come into force.

The so-called 'rule of six' now legally limits social gatherings to six people both indoors and outdoors in England and Scotland, but indoors only in Wales.

Kit Malthouse, the policing minister, said "the option is open" to members of the public to phone the police non-emergency number to report concerns about neighbours breaking the rule of six, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing then absolutely they should ring the number."

Guidance on how police officers should enforce the new law has not yet been issued to forces, with Mr Malthouse saying it will be circulated by the College of Policing in "the next few days".

Britain's largest police force, the Metropolitan Police, said in a statement on Monday that officers would be patrolling public spaces to disperse large groups.

But Mr Malthouse added: "What we're hoping is that we will see for the rule of six what we saw for the initial lockdown, which was extremely high compliance from the British people."

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