Durham Police have interviewed an eye witness who claims he saw Dominic Cummings during the coronavirus lockdown walking with his family.
Robin Lees claimed that Cummings was walking with his family walking along the River Tees on Easter Sunday during the strict lockdown.
According to the Guardian newspaper Lees who is a retired teacher said, “They were very thorough, asking every detail of what I saw. They were not in uniform.
“They asked me a lot about my background. They wanted to know exactly what time it was.
“They wanted to know if it was a clear day and did I know what Cummings looked like.”
Durham Police said on Tuesday that Cummings visited the area on 10 May, and that their officers are “not aware of anything” that supports the allegations.
A Durham Constabulary spokesman said, “We were aware of social media reports that suggested Dominic Cummings was in Durham around the time of May 10, but we are not aware of anything to support the allegation.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
There are so many questions over Cummings actions, which to many members of the public it appears he did flout the law, for instance, him driving for 30 minutes with his family to Barnard Castle to test his eye sight.
Former Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Mr Cummings’ trip to Barnard Castle, “certainly appears to be against the Highway Code – it’s not the way to test your eyesight, and put potentially other people in danger.”
A lawyer has warned that there could now be endless debates in courts across the UK with members of the public using the “cummings defence.”
Raj Chada, head of the criminal defence department and a partner at firm Hodge Jones and Allen, said Cummings defence will not set any formal precedent and will not mean people can automatically appeal against fines or convictions.
However, Chada reiterated concerns of the regulations that are in place as they are “vague” and “subject to challenge.”