Police Say A Ban On Motorists In Tier 4 Making Christmas Visits Between Homes Is unenforceable As Extra Officers Are Deployed At Train Stations To Try And Stop A New Covid Superstrain From Spreading

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Police say a ban on motorists in Tier 4 making Christmas visits between homes is 'unenforceable,' as extra officers are deployed at train stations to try and stop a new Covid superstrain from spreading.  
Around 16million people across London and the south east were plunged into Tier 4 on Saturday, with Boris Johnson's announcement cancelling families' Christmas plans.
Those living in affected areas are being told to stay at home and not to travel to other areas, unless they have a legal exemption.
But senior police figures say officers have little power to enforce the latest restrictions.
One senior police source told The Telegraph: 'There won't be an awful lot we can do if lots of people hit the roads on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day.

We won't be closing roads to prevent it.'
Police are warning people will simply lie to officers and say they are travelling under one of the exemptions, which include work or essential travel for food.  
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, said: 'I would accept there is legislation put in place but as a police officer who has been doing the job for a long time, it's not enforceable.
'Your functionality to perform your duty is nigh on impossible if they don't tell you the truth.

If they think they are going to get a fine, they won't tell you the truth.' 
The comments come as masked officers patrolled major stations including King's Cross, St Pancras, Waterloo and Euston as Londoners tried to flee the capital after the PM plunged the city and swathes of the South into a brutal Tier 4 lockdown.
In a round of TV interviews this morning, Matt Hancock hit out at 'totally irresponsible' Londoners who escaped the capital last night and warned that police would stop people from leaving the Tier 4 city.
The Health Secretary told people living in London and parts of the South and East of England living in the toughest tier regime to 'unpack their bags' and 'reduce social contact' as he hinted that Tier 4 restrictions could be in place for months while the Government rolled out its mass vaccination programme. 
He said 'of course' police will enforce the new law and will prevent people from leaving Tier 4 areas, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned extra British Transport Police officers would be deployed at railway stations in the capital to 'ensure that only essential journeys take place'. 
The Met Police today warned that the 'most dangerous and flagrant breaches' of Tier 4 regulations now in force will see fines given out, tweeting: 'Don't risk a fine in the lead up to Christmas'. 
Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge: 'This was clearly totally irresponsible behaviour, and the Chief Medical Officer was absolutely clear that people should unpack their bags if they have them packed.
'I think that it's relatively small numbers and the vast majority of people in the pandemic have followed the rules and played their part.

It is more important than ever that people are responsible, not only stick to the rules but within the rules restrict social contact as much as is possible because this is deadly serious.' 
When he was later asked by Andrew Marr on the BBC if police would prevent people from leaving Tier 4 regions, the Health Secretary said: kynghidongduong.vn 'Of course, I've spoken to the Home Secretary [Priti Patel] and the British Transport Police's responsibility is to police the transport system.'       
Yesterday the PM slapped new draconian measures in a desperate bid to combat a surge in cases caused by a 'mutant' strain of coronavirus, just days after he said it would be 'inhuman' to cancel Christmas.

The extraordinary U-turn has ruined the plans of millions who intended on spending the holiday with families.        
Under the new Tier 4 rules non-essential shops - as well as gyms, cinemas, casinos and hairdressers - have to stay shut and people are limited to meeting one other person from another household in an outdoor public space.
Those in Tier 4 were told they should not travel out of the region, while those outside were advised against visiting.

In the rest of England, Christmas easing has been severely curtailed, with households allowed to gather for just one day - Christmas Day itself - rather than the five days previously planned.  
Wales has also announced it is going into a full lockdown from midnight and will follow suit by slashing bubbles to a single day.

Nicola Sturgeon said at her own press conference that a ban on cross-border travel is being upgraded, and the law will be changed to cut bubbles to one day. 
The move has caused chaos, with the PM facing accusations of 'inconsistency' after the last minute U-turn, with Tories calling for Cabinet resignations and a review of the data used to create the fourth tier.
Meanwhile the UK's European neighbours, tour hồ ba bể including Italy, Holland, tour thác bản giốc Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic have banned flights from the UK, with Germany and Ireland also considering limiting passengers.
In other coronavirus news: 
Mr Hancock said people who have had to scrap their travel plans this Christmas would be compensated; Boris Johnson faced a backlash to his move to cancel Christmas from the public and the Tory backbench;Tory MPs called for Cabinet resignations and also want ministers to recall Parliament from its Christmas break to allow MPs and peers to vote on the new restrictions 'at the earliest opportunity';Backbenchers have accused ministers of delaying Christmas announcement until Parliament was on recess;MP Steve Baker said the UK's response to Covid-19 should be 'rational and balanced, not driven by panic';  Officers 'won't be knocking on people's doors on Christmas Day', a Met Police federation chief declared;Chris Whitty said vaccines should still be effective against the new 'mutant' strain of Covid-19; SAGE expert John Edmunds called the 'mutant' coronavirus strain the 'worst moment of the pandemic';  Donald Trump slammed the Tier 4 shutdown as he insisted: 'The cure cannot be worse than the problem'.  more videos [# ] [# 1] [# 2] [# 3] [# ] [/video/news/video-2324458/Video-Dr-Bousted-admits-original-advice-school-closures-no-sense.html Watch video Dr Bousted admits original advice for school closures 'made no sense'] [/video/news/video-2324526/Video-Oxford-AstraZeneca-vaccine-arrives-hospitals-ready-rollout.html Watch video Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrives at hospitals ready for rollout] [/video/news/video-2325024/Video-Harris-Trump-leaked-phone-call-bold-abuse-power.html Watch video Harris: Trump leaked phone call was bold abuse of power] [/video/news/video-2325096/Audio-Trump-pressures-GA-Secretary-State-11-780-votes.html Watch video Trump pressures GA Secretary of State to find 11,780 votes] [/video/news/video-2324796/Video-Tyson-Fury-slammed-appearing-enjoy-holiday-US.html Watch video Tyson Fury slammed for appearing to enjoy himself on holiday in US] [/video/news/video-2324912/Video-Damien-McKiernan-stars-Mrs-Browns-Boys-2017-Christmas-special.html Watch video Damien McKiernan stars in Mrs Brown's Boys 2017 Christmas special] [/video/news/video-2324892/Video-British-expats-stopped-boarding-flight-following-Brexit.html Watch video British expats stopped from boarding flight following Brexit] [/video/news/video-2324986/Video-Woman-threatens-call-police-calm-fisherman-killing-fish.html Watch video Woman threatens to call police on a calm fisherman for killing fish] [/video/news/video-2324524/Video-Nurse-claims-hospital-ward-children-coronavirus.html Watch video Nurse claims hospital has 'whole ward of children' with coronavirus] [/video/news/video-2324988/Video-Bears-avoid-hibernation-Attenboroughs-Perfect-Planet.html Watch video Bears avoid each other after hibernation on BBC's Perfect Planet] [/video/news/video-2325060/Video-MP-Peter-Bottomley-says-leaseholders-misery-flats.html Watch video MP Peter Bottomley says leaseholders are in misery over flats] [/video/news/video-2324808/Video-Snow-plough-clears-Northumberland-roads-amid-wintery-conditions.html Watch video Snow plough clears Northumberland roads amid wintery conditions]

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Police outside Kings Cross Underground Station in London as the capital is plunged into a Tier 4 lockdown
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Queues at Eurostar departures at St Pancras International Station in London as the capital moves into Tier 4 lockdown
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Queues at Eurostar departures at St Pancras International Station in London as the capital moves into Tier 4 lockdown
St Pancras station is packed with masked passengers desperate to get home for Christmas as Tier 4 restrictions hit London
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People at St Pancras station in London, waiting to board the last train to Paris today as London moves into Tier 4
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Covid-19 warning sign is displayed on the A3 Roehampton Vale, South West London as the capital enters Tier 4
Traffic flows over the Dartford Bridge crossing into Kent as Boris Johnson effectively cancelled Christmas for millions
A rather quiet M4 near Port Talbot in south Wales on Sunday morning at the start of the Christmas lockdown period
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Furious Northerners blasted 'selfish' Londoners who fled the capital last night to avoid spending Christmas in a brutal new Tier 4 lockdown, amid fears they will spread the 'mutant' strain of coronavirus across the country.

Twitter users from the North and West today slammed large crowds queueing on a packed platform at London's St Pancras Station to board the last train to Leeds, calling them 'irresponsible', 'b******s' and 'plague rats'

<div class="art-ins mol-factbox news halfRHS" data-version="2" id="mol-6cd642b0-429a-11eb-9685-75e5491f8f14" website say ban on Tier 4 Christmas visits is 'unenforceable'