Home Secretary Priti Patel has said people who are breaking social distancing rules and the behaviour of protestors is “unacceptable.”
Patel warned that those who assault police officers will “face the full force of the law,” this comes after more than 140 have been injured in recent weeks.
The Home Secretary is pushing to double sentences for attacks on emergency workers, as there were more than 30,000 assaults on the police in 2019.
Speaking on Sky News Sophy Ridge programme on Sunday, she said, “I would urge people not to participate in gatherings of that nature or protest.
“If people do assault police officers, they will face the full force of the law. That is absolutely the right approach.
“It is simply unacceptable to have people gathering in some of these awful ways we’ve been seeing.”
Patel told Ridge that beachgoers are not pack on the seafronts, “The public need to think about other people as well in terms of spreading the virus.
“They themselves may not know they’re carrying the virus and they could be spreading that within the community and passing that on to other people
“We all have to take responsibility, we all have to act conscientiously.”