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Telegraph understands Durham Constabulary police chief Jo Farrell is now the subject of an inquiry following complaints from the public

“There might have been a minor breach of the regulations”. See attached statement from Durham Constabulary. Obviously not the crime or the century. But not the example one of the designers of the lockdown rules would wish to set

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FULL STATEMENT: "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."

On the Durham trip: “Durham Constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence” Police add they ‘concerned here with breaches of the Regulations, not the general Govt guidance to “stay at home” 1/

Durham Constabulary's investigation has concluded that Mr Cummings may have violated the law with the trip to Barnard Castle He would have been told to go home if stopped and fined if he refused, but they're not taking retrospective action

Anyone who hoped that today’s mild admonishment of Dominic Cummings by Durham Constabulary would be enough to force his departure from Downing Street will be disappointed

Durham Constabulary has said Dominic Cummings may have committed "a minor breach" of lockdown rules when he drove to Barnard Castle but will face no further action. In response, Downing Street says the PM 'regards this issue as closed'. More here:

Dominic Cummings might have broken coronavirus laws by taking a trip to Barnard Castle with his family, police have said Durham Constabulary said it would not be taking any further action against the prime minister’s chief adviser

Durham Constabulary: “we would very much like to be excluded from this narrative”


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Just making sure this doesn’t get lost: Number 10 is effectively – during a national emergency caused by a global pandemic – on-the-record accusing a police force of lying. They are directly contradicting Durham Constabulary’s statement.

"A senior police source has told me this evening that Durham Constabulary is investigating the trip taken by Dominic Cummings to Durham at the end of March, early April - and his movements while he was here". @JaneDodgeC4  reports on the Dominic Cummings scandal from Durham.

New from @DurhamPolice : "Durham Constabulary wish to add the following to our statement of Saturday, May 23rd." "We can confirm that on April 1, an officer from Durham Constabulary spoke to the father of Dominic Cummings."

We can further confirm that our officer gave no specific advice on coronavirus to any members of the family and that Durham Constabulary deemed that no further action was required in that regard. Our officer did, however, provide the family with advice on security issues.

New (brief) statement from Durham Constabulary@DurhamPolice ) “We can confirm that, over the last few days, Durham Constabulary has received further information and complaints from members of the public and we are reviewing and examining that information.”

New statement from @DurhamPolice : "We can confirm that on April 1, an officer from Durham Constabulary spoke to the father of Dominic Cummings." On Saturday@Number10press  said: "at no stage was he [Mr Cummings] or his family spoken to by the police" in Durham.

So Durham Constabulary@DurhamPolice ) now saying the conversation on April 1 was basically about security and there was "no specific advice" about coronavirus