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Would you report your neighbours if they broke the ‘rule of six’?


From today, any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law.

A Home Office minister is encouraging people to contact police if they see their neighbours not complying with new coronavirus restrictions as the “rule of six” comes into force in England.

From Monday, any social gathering of more than six people is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to both indoor and outdoor settings.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said concerned neighbours should ring the non-emergency police phone number to report violations.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are in discussions about what reporting mechanisms there might be, but there is obviously the non-emergency number that people can ring and report issues they wish to.”

Pressed on whether that would involve reporting a gathering of seven or more in a neighbour’s garden, Mr Malthouse said: “It is open to neighbours to do exactly that through the non-emergency number, and if they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about it.”

What are your views?  Would you report your neighbours if they flouted the new ‘rule of six’? 


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