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Priti Patel defends police crackdown on Covid lockdown rule-breakers

Home secretary praises ‘strong’ police response after force faces criticism for fining walkers

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The home secretary, Priti Patel, has defended the way police have handed out fines for lockdown breaches, stressing that there is a “need for strong enforcement”.

Police tactics have come in for scrutiny after Derbyshire police handed out £200 fines to two women who drove separately to go for a walk at a remote beauty spot situated around five miles from their homes, a move that was branded “bonkers”.

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