Police chief says cops will break up Christmas dinners if they break Covid rules

A police chief's warning that cops could raid homes hosting family for Christmas dinners, has been ridiculed.

Backlash was sparked online by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson who told families large gatherings will be dispersed on December 25.

The announcement was mocked on social media, one user joked: “Madam, put the cracker down & step away from the turkey.”

The West Midlands PCC said: "We are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public."

Mr Jamieson was writing in the Telegraph where he warned of unrest and "riots" due to the ongoing pandemic, with the festive season set to weigh heavy on people.

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But BirminghamLive readers were left angered by his suggestion officers could enter properties to break up Christmas dinners – should the regulations say so.

"Triple time and days of in lieu for working Christmas and they still want to break into my house for a free dinner. Who are the bad guys these days?" one asked.

A second added: "How to win the goodwill of the people @WestMidsPCC threaten to break up one of the most cherished days of the year for families. Have a day off would you! The majority of the people are doing their best. Being threatened and frightened by you isn’t helping…"

A third wrote: "One of those things….these large and even small gatherings can do a lot of harm. But man….I cant imagine seeing a Christmas dinner being broken up like this"

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"No chance," a fourth wrote, while a fifth added: "No way."

"Is. This. Reality?" another asked.

A fellow Twitter user wrote: "Nobody wants all the unrest associated with Covid, families in general are applying the necessary measures when situations arise. Its a natural protection of those in ur immediate bubble."

"Can we please stop living in a George Orwell novel?" another asked.

"Ridiculous," another commented.

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