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Dominic Cummings investigated the police after breaking the coronavirus blocking rules

Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s principal aide, has been investigated by the police after breaking government blocking rules, the Mirror can reveal.

The Prime Minister’s chief of staff was spotted by witnesses in his parents’ home in Durham, more than 250 miles from his London estate.

Johnson and a number of senior ministers have repeatedly insisted that rigorous driving is essential to slowing the spread of deadly disease and saving lives.

Mr. Cummings began suffering from a coronavirus attack in late March which left him isolating himself with his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield and young son for 14 days.

Downing Street claimed to have been locked up in his London home – and later his wife wrote of “emerging from quarantine” in the London block.

But a joint investigation by Mirror and the Guardian may reveal that Mr. Cummings was actually located in the north of England.

The council, which became law on March 26, said: “You shouldn’t be visiting family members who don’t live in your house. The only exception is if they need help, like shopping or medicines. “

Police confirmed that he had visited an individual at an address in the city that he learned had traveled to Durham from London during the blockade to isolate himself.

They talked to the family and reminded them that traveling to be with relatives violated the rules.



Mr. Cummings has been spotted at his parents’ home in Durham

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “On Tuesday March 31, our officers were informed of reports that an individual had traveled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.

“The agents made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the person in question was present and self-isolated in a part of the house.

“In line with national police guidelines, officials explained the family’s self-isolation guidelines and reiterated appropriate advice on essential travel.”

Several days later, on April 5, a neighbor of Cummings’ parents, Robert and Morag, claims to have seen him outside the property as he passed their daily exercise.

They heard Abba’s dancing Queen throw herself at the top of her lungs and peeked over the hedge where they saw him, wearing a scarf and a thick coat, with a boy running.

The neighbor, who did not want to give his name, said: “I had the shock of my life, while I looked at the doors and saw it.

“There was a boy, presumably his boy, who ran in front. I recognized Dominic Cummings, he is a very distinctive figure. “

They added: “I was really annoyed. I thought it was ok for you to drive to Durham and escape London.

“I agree with him that he wants to do it, but other people aren’t allowed to do it. It’s a rule for Dominic Cummings and a rule for the rest of us.”

Breaking the rules at that time could be fined £ 60 for the first offense, cut to £ 30 if paid promptly. It would have doubled with each further infringement up to a maximum of £ 960.



Mr. Cummings arrived in Downing Street yesterday

Internal secretary Priti Patel announced yesterday [FRI] that anyone arriving in the UK from abroad could be fined £ 1,000 if they did not self-isolate for 14 days.

Mr. Cummings was last seen before falling short of Downing Street a week earlier.

The same day, March 27, it was announced that the PM had tested positive for the virus, which eventually left him struggling for his life in intensive care.

The N. 10 argued that Mr. Cummings insulated himself with the symptoms of deadly disease at home.

On March 31, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “I think he is in contact with No10 but he is at home, he solves himself, he has some symptoms.”

They talked to the family and reminded them that traveling to be with relatives violated the rules.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “On Tuesday March 31, our officers were informed of reports that an individual had traveled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.

“The agents made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the person in question was present and self-isolated in a part of the house.

“In line with national police guidelines, officials explained the family’s self-isolation guidelines and reiterated appropriate advice on essential travel.”

After returning to work, Cummings’ wife wrote about the family’s experience of self-isolation during the blockade, but provided some clues as to their location.

He wrote: “Dom could not get out of bed. Day after day, for ten days, he lay doggy style with high fever and spasms that made his muscles swell and contract in his legs. He could breathe, but only in a limited way, not very deep .

“After a week, we reached the peak of the uncertainty of the crown. The sixth day was a turning point, I was told: that’s when you’re better or go to intensive care.

“But was Dom fighting the insect or heading for a fan? Who knew? I sat on his bed staring at his chest, trying to count his breaths per minute.

“Just as Dom was starting to feel better, it was reported that Boris was going in the opposite direction, to the hospital.”

He added: “After the uncertainty of the bug itself, we emerged from the quarantine into the almost comical uncertainty of the London blockade.”

In the same issue of The Spectator, Cummings himself wrote: “At the end of March and for the first two weeks of April I was sick, so we were both closed together.”

He described the blockade with Mrs. Wakefield and their four-year-old son as “sticky … Everything is covered in a layer of spilled riben, honey, peanut butter and children’s glue.”

Mr. Cummings is only the latest government official to fall foul of driving the blockade. Although it has since been lightened, his actions – staying away from home overnight – would still be in violation.

Government scientist Prof Neil Ferguson left this month after breaking the strict rules for meeting his beloved married man.




He said he deeply regretted having “undermined” the clear messages about the continuing need for social removal to control the devastating epidemic.

“The leadership of the government is unequivocal and is there to protect all of us,” he said.

In April, Scottish medical officer Catherine Calderwood resigned the same day that Mr. Cummings was spotted in Durham after making two trips to his second home during the coronavirus blockade.

He admitted that his actions – which broke the rules – risked distraction from the response to the pandemic.

Johnson has repeatedly praised the audience for doing his part by following the advice of staying home.

In his speech on closing the TV on March 23, he said: “Each of us is now forced to unite to stop the spread of this disease.

“To protect our NHS and save many thousands of lives. And I know how they have done so many times in the past.

“The people of this country will respond to this challenge. And we will cross it stronger than ever. ”

Mr. Cummings, 48, was photographed again on Downing Street on April 14th while returning to work.

At the time, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “He has returned to No. 10 and is working today.

All n. 10 continue to practice social estrangement, which means being two meters apart from each other where possible. ”

Cummings lost his uncle, retired judge Sir John Laws, who was his mother’s brother and lived in London, in coronavirus in early April.

The Mirror approached Downing Street for comment but received no response at the time of publication.

Chronology

March 16 – Prime Minister Boris Johnson advises everyone in the UK to “terminate nonessential contact with others and to terminate all unnecessary travel”.

March 23 – In a televised address, PM announces a partial blockade in the UK to curb the spread of the virus. The British public is informed that they must remain at home, except for certain “very limited purposes”.

March 26 – Blocking restrictions enter into force, with fines of £ 60 for novice offenders who break the rules.

March 27 – No10 announces that the PM has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-insulating in the Downing Street apartment. That afternoon, Dominic Cummings is seen exiting Downing Street.

March 30 – Number 10 confirms that the prime minister’s chief of staff is self-insulating with coronavirus-like symptoms.

31 March – Official spokesman for Boris Johnson says Cummings is “at home”. The spokesman said to reporters: “I think he is in contact with No10 but he is at home, he has isolated himself, he has some symptoms.”

Sunday 5th April – Cummings is discovered outside his parents’ property by a neighbor. On the same day, Scottish Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood apologized for visiting his second home twice – admitting that he “made a mistake” and “cannot justify it”. He resigns that night. Also on Sunday evening, the PM is hospitalized after having struggled to breathe and is hospitalized in intensive care the following day.



Cummings and wife Mary Wakefield

April 10 – It emerges that Robert Jenrick traveled 150 miles from London to his £ 1.1m home in Herefordshire, and 40 miles from that home to visit his parents. The N. 10 defends the community secretary, saying that his family was at home in Herefordshire and that he was bringing his parents food and medicine. “We are confident that he respected the rules of social expulsion,” says a spokesman.

April 12 – Boris Johnson is discharged from the hospital and continues recovery at Checkers

April 14 Dominic Cummings is pictured returning to work on Downing Street. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “He certainly had coronavirus symptoms and that’s why he self-isolated.”

April 23 – His wife Mary Wakefield writes about the isolation of the family in Spectator magazine – and talks about the emergence from quarantine “in the almost comical uncertainty of the London blockade”.

April 27 – The Prime Minister returns to work and addresses the nation on the steps of Downing Street.

May 5 – Professor Neil Ferguson resigns as government science adviser after being visited twice by his lover.

May 10 – Boris Johnson turns to the nation to confirm that he will facilitate the blockade – but people in England will be able to meet someone from another family in public and not stay overnight. “You have to obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase fines for the small minority who break them,” he says.

May 13 – The blockade is slightly simplified in England, with people able to do unlimited exercise and play some contactless sports. Fines for default almost doubled to £ 100.

The rules

The government councils issued on March 23, and only changed on May 11, are clear that people should leave the house only for “very limited purposes” and not at all if they show symptoms.

The guide, unveiled by Boris Johnson when he announced the blockade,
he said people could leave their homes “out of basic necessity” to go to work,
to get medical assistance or once a day for exercise.

Government instructions said, “You shouldn’t visit family members who don’t live in your house.

“The only exception is if they need help, like shopping or medicine.”

While stressing that you can leave the house in a couple of other exceptional circumstances, such as attending a funeral, he says you must stay home “if you or a member of your family are not comfortable with the symptoms of coronavirus.”

The guide said that people who experience symptoms should isolate themselves for seven days and 14 days if a second person in the house starts showing symptoms.

It said, “If possible, you shouldn’t even go out to buy food or other basic necessities and any exercise should be done in your home.”

It allows people to leave their homes, but only to get the essentials and requires that people “should do what is possible to limit social contact when leaving home to get supplies.”

The guide “prohibits by law” any meeting of two or more people, except if they live together or if it is essential for reasons of work or purchases out of necessity.

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Coronavirus epidemic

The updated guide introduced after 11 May also prohibits people from visiting family members, except in very limited circumstances.

The guide now says, “For the moment, you can’t visit friends or relatives,
except to spend time outdoors with up to one person from a different family ”

He adds: “It is not allowed to leave the house – the place where you live – to stay in another house for a holiday or for other purposes”.

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