Cops slammed for flouting coronavirus social distancing after a dozen officers pictured meeting for butty break – The Sun

A DOZEN carefree cops have been slammed for breaking coronavirus social-distancing rules by sinking coffee and bacon butties together in a car park.

Stunned eyewitnesses said the uniformed group stood shoulder-to-shoulder scoffing in the sunshine – with no consideration for the government’s strict two-metre rule.

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They bundled out of three police cars and one unmarked vehicle at Ruislip Lido, North West London, this morning.

A member of the public spotted them leaving a nearby petrol station armed with sandwiches, coffees and chocolate just minutes before they arrived.

Chillingly, just 800 meters away from the car park is a crematorium where a large temporary morgue has been set up to deal with surging coronavirus deaths.

Locals said cops have also fined members of the public in recent weeks for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules in the same spot.

One furious onlooker said: “They have issued thousands of fines to people for breaking lockdown and social distancing rules – and then we see them doing this.

“They are not dealing with a crime so social distancing still applies to them.

“Instead they were having drinks, bacon rolls and laughing and joking in the sun.

“It’s massively hypocritical and makes you think it’s one rule for them and one rule for us.”

It comes as another group of officers from Essex Police were blasted last month for breaking social distancing rules outside Southend Hospital.

Bobbies gathered outside to applaud NHS workers in the weekly clap for carers event.

Police chiefs reminded them of the "importance of social distancing" – and said the officers got "carried away".

Forces across England have issued more than 9,000 fines for breaches of the coronavirus lockdown, figures show.

Under the Health Protection Regulations, people can be handed £60 penalties for being outside without “reasonable excuse” or gathering in groups of more than two.


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A Met Police spokesman said: “Police are not above government guidelines around social distancing.

"We remind colleagues that they must maintain an appropriate social distance at all times where operationally possible.

"The officers pictured, and their supervisor, will be spoken to and reminded that they must respect the guidelines.”

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