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Durham Constabulary press statement
On 27 March 2020, Dominic Cummings drove to Durham to self-isolate in a property owned by his father.
Durham Constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence contrary to regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. (We are concerned here with breaches of the Regulations, not the general Government guidance to “stay at home”.)
On 12 April 2020, Mr Cummings drove approximately 26 miles from his father’s property to Barnard Castle with his wife and son. He stated on 25 May 2020 that the purpose of this drive was to test his resilience to drive to London the following day, including whether his eyesight was sufficiently recovered, his period of self-isolation having ended.
Durham Constabulary have examined the circumstances surrounding the journey to Barnard Castle (including ANPR, witness evidence and a review of Mr Cummings’ press conference on 25 May 2020) and have concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the Regulations that would have warranted police intervention. Durham Constabulary view this as minor because there was no apparent breach of social distancing.
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.
By way of further context, Durham Constabulary has followed Government guidance on management of alleged breaches of the regulations with the emphasis on the NPCC and College of Policing 4Es: Engage, Explain and Encourage before Enforcement.
Finally, commentary in the media has suggested that Mr Cummings was in Durham on 19 April 2020. Mr Cummings denies this and Durham Constabulary have seen insufficient evidence to support this allegation.
Therefore Durham Constabulary will take no further action in this matter and has informed Mr Cummings of this decision.
Eh! More traffic! Don’t know which planet you are on. I’m on the road a lot because what i’m doing requires me to be and, it’s eerily quiet everywhere i go. Just got back from a trip up the A55 to Glan Conwy Hospital, back via an address in Mostyn along the coast road and, the roads are very, very quiet. I was out yesterday doing a similar thing only Chester to Glan Clwyd and back and again the roads were, again, virtually bare so, afaiac your are talking utter rubbish. The bit about the “boy racer”. I go through those lights quite a bit on my way to Wrexham Maelor and take great care and not once had a problem so i recommend you take greater care there but, i think, tbh, you are probably building it up into something it wasn’t. As for the Police being around i am, in the course of what i do seeing a lot of them and see them pulling cars in and up so they will have laddie in his beat up polo, sooner or later so, just calm down.
Might i suggest you go to bed before you post then you might not write such rubbish after you have had a sleep.
No wonder Atherton gave up all those public sector jobs. She finally found one where she can legitimately screw people’s lives up and make a fortune. She hasn’t even had the chance to add on expenses yet!
Quite a miserable post tbh.
Sarah has done a lot by working hard for the wider community in various roles, (plus she has served her country in the military) which is more than i and, i will hazard a guess, more than you and her other detractors here have done; I am pretty damn sure Sarah has got into politics to carry on her work helping others and to say otherwise is churlish to say the least.
From her website:
I was brought up locally by my supportive parents; my father was from Chester and mother from Caernarfon. I attended a comprehensive school and after leaving at 16, I joined the regular army, serving in the Intelligence Corps. A few years later I left to start a family. With a need to re-skill, I trained as a nurse at the Maelor and Bangor University progressing to became a District Nurse. I subsequently became a Social Worker, here in North Wales, specialising in older people and mental health. In between I found time to run my own business in Wrexham, a small Micro Brewery, based on the Industrial estate. Whilst working in the public sector I gained an understanding of the issues that face us all in our daily lives and I brought that understanding to my role as a community Councillor. In this role I have dedicated the past few years in improving my community. Although I am now happily married to Nick, I brought my son up as a single parent. I know only too well what it is like to pay the bills, balance work
Read, and please, show some respect for a person that has and always has had the interests of the community at heart.
My views on an MP’s pay and increases thereof i will reserve for discussion with my MP and not uselessly bandy them about on here which, is how it should be done.
The email asking for details went end of January and still waiting for response. Why not just publish them on his Web site.
Have you used the email and had a response?
Yes i have, a question about government funding for Farmers; i received a comprehensive reply around a week later but, as i said in a previous reply, he had lost his mum (early January) so was dealing with that as well as being a newly elected MP. so, at the time i thought he did well replying in a week. Remember he is up and down to London as that is where a lot of his work is done, he can’t be on your or anyone elses doorstep asking you what you would like, what’s upsetting you? , can i do anything for you? all the time can he? It could be that at the particular time you sent the email he was up to his eyes in it as i do know that the new MP’s did go into panic mode in January due to the amount of emails they were receiving from all over the shop as well as going through the process of being sworn in, getting set up in their Parliamentary office etc. etc. These people are not superhuman you know so, as i said, cut him/them some slack and reserve your judgement for their performance in the longer term. Simon has just got the keys to premises for his constituency office on the Vauxhall Industrial Estate Ruabon so when he’s got that set up you will be able to go and mither him there, enjoy :)
IMHO – if you look at the Job Description which all prospective MPs should have read before standing for election — how many people apply for a job without first reading what they must do if appointed. I will accept the argument that someone who is new needs to learn but we are now nearly three months in– so they should be ticking boxes — not sure that is the case for the two representatives in Wrexham– perhaps there may be more tick in 6 months.
Also I am not aware that MPs get a trainee salary as part of a six month induction period before collecting their full remuneration aren’t they expected to hit the ground running. Time will tell!
Oh. dear Derek, have to agree with Llayby-Lilly here.
If you were follow Simon on his FB page and his Twitter Feed (the modern way of communicating, even the POTUS does it) you would see he is getting around meeting people and getting involved in constituency issues (same goes for Sarah Aherton) but, i guess you wouldn’t want to do that preferring instead to sit at your keyboard and bellyache :)
By the way Derek, he, in common with all other MP’s holds regular surgeries around the constituency so why don’t you pop along to one and make your views known? Give him a piece of your mind kind of thing, after all, it is your right to do so as you pay his wages.
He is an mp who lives outside both Wrexham and south clwyd constituencies and as far as I can see the only thing he has done is jump on the ‘bash kronospan’ bandwagon.
Correction, he lives at Chirk.
He, in common with Sarah Atherton and lot’s of other new MP’s is learning (on) the job and at the same time getting up to speed with all the duties of an MP; setting up an office, getting staff as well as getting around his constituency which, he is doing. He, has also recently lost his mother so, i suggest you cut the man some slack, stop belly aching and if you really want something looking into/doing damn well ask him; i feel sure you will find him a nice enough bloke and accomodating.
Have a website address;
PS. Kronospan deserve bashing and if he didn’t have something to say about them the residents of Chirk would be calling him rotten for not doing so! Can’t win isn’t in it!January 31, 2020 at 10:51 am in reply to: What will you do to celebrate Brexit day on 31.01.2020…? #180418
I shall be wearing a blue shirt to show solidarity with the EUROPEAN UNION. Unlike a lot of morons, I do understand the usefulness of being a member of the EU. The rest…. Phht…. deluded! End of Comment… no responses needed. Phht….
I have to say a big thankyou to you and all the abusive remainers like you because, it is people like you, spouting your bile all over me and other leave voters that exercised their democratic right, to vote the way their conscience dictated and voted to leave that those people’s resolve was strengthened by yours and others insults and kept, when asked, coming back with the same answer to the leave, remain question and voting for leave culminating in today, at 11pm. we do, in effect, leave. So again, thankyou for your efforts in helping bring this about.
I’m immensely proud that the British people brought this about not by taking to the streets in numbers and rioting but by steadfastly using the ballot box. We waited and waited, we withstood the insults and when we got the chance we exercised our right to our vote once again and it was decisive resulting in a Brexit government with an unassailable majority. As i have said previously, it’s done it’s over we are leaving, get behind it and stop the insults as they demean you as much as they insult others.January 30, 2020 at 3:39 pm in reply to: What will you do to celebrate Brexit day on 31.01.2020…? #180392
I understand that the EU export 16% of it’s market to the UK. Are they really going to turn that away?
I may or may not raise a glass of Penderyn Welsh whisky to old friends & new.
No, they are not as it would mean a jump in unemployment in Germany for one and Germany at the moment can not afford to risk that as it is already in bother.
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