The head of the Met Police has told officers that new powers to enforce coronavirus lockdown rules should only be used as a last resort.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said her approach is to help educate and encourage the public to comply with the tightest restrictions seen in peacetime in the UK.
Her comments came after a number of forces were accused of being overzealous in their approach to the new rules.
Dame Cressida told LBC:
She said her officers have gently cleared gatherings of people when discovered and are not routinely stopping drivers.