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Police to enforce new national lockdown with ‘more fines and less tolerance’

Police officers will dish out more enforcement in the new lockdown as there are "no excuses" for not knowing the rules this time.

As Brits enter a third lockdown since March last year, cops warn they should expect "more enforcement".

Aware of being cast as the "villain in the pandemic," John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has predicted how different this lockdown will be.

He believes there will be more fines with officers being less tolerant about people flouting rules.

But with Brits frustrated and tired from almost a year in on and off restrictions, he fears officers will bear the brunt of the public mood.

Those caught breaking rules will be issued with £200 fines, doubling each time a rule is broken further.

On New Year's Eve, hundreds of partygoers were slapped with fines of up to £10,000.

Mr Apter said: "It will be easier for police to have one consistent rule for people to follow across the whole country, which means it is easier for people to understand and comply with what is expected of them.

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"People should expect to see more enforcement as a consequence because there really are no excuses for not knowing the rules this time.

"But, where it is different from March is we now have a hardcore element who are against the rules. We have anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protests to deal with and crime levels have increased from March."

Mr Apter has also called for police officers to be placed on the priority list for Covid-19 vaccines, reports Mail Online.

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It comes as Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said the country was in for a "very difficult" few weeks and could give no firm date for lifting the restrictions.

Gove told Sky News this morning: "The Government is doing everything it can in order to ensure that we can roll out the vaccine more rapidly, help the vulnerable by getting the inoculations they need and make sure that at the end of what will inevitably be very, very difficult weeks, that life can eventually return to normal."

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