'We will impose the powers': Northants police chief warns they will enforce coronavirus lockdown rules

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police has said his officers will act if the public do not follow the coronavirus lockdown rules.

Speaking to ITV Anglia, Nick Adderley said he expects people will obey the measures set out by Boris Johnson on Monday, 23 March, instructing people to only leave home to buy food, care for the vulnerable, take exercise and travel to work where necessary.

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But Mr Adderley warned that they would take action to enforce those measures.

He said: "If you want to defy central government that’s a matter for you - we will impose the powers.

"The greater risk is what you are putting your family or yourself through - people are dying from this and we are seeing that every day across the country.

"So I expect that people will adhere to the conditions but we will enforce them if necessary."

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