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Home secretary says she would report neighbours breaking rule of six

Priti Patel
told Sky
News’s Kay
Burley that
reporting on
neighbours is
about taking

PRITI PATEL has said she would report neighbours breaching ‘rule of six’ coronavirus measures — while defending an exemption for groups going hunting.

The home secretary also said friends talking in the street could be in trouble. ‘Two families of four stopping for a chat on the way to the park is absolutely mingling,’ she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

In a round of interviews, Ms Patel was asked to explain the new rule against more than six people meeting after John Apter, national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, called for guidance over enforcement.

Asked if she would inform on neighbours, Ms Patel told Sky’s Kay Burley: ‘If I saw something that I thought was inappropriate then, quite frankly, I would call the police.’ She added: ‘It’s not dobbing in neighbours, it’s all about personal responsibility.’

LBC host Nick Ferrari also enquired if you could hold a birthday party on a grouse shoot, as they are exempted. ‘Theoretically, you might want to give it a go. It’s not my cup of tea,’ she said.