'Fighting losing battle' say police as government Covid-19 response criticised as 'wishy-washy'

A body representing police officers in London has criticised the Government’s pandemic response as “wishy-washy” during concerns that the public has begun ignoring lockdown restrictions.

The Metropolitan Police Federation said that, despite its assertions to the contrary, the Government is sending out mixed messages.

MPF’s Ken Marsh told BBC Radio 4 that authorities “needed to be firmer right from the beginning”.

On Saturday police in Hackney said they were "fighting a losing battle" as hundreds of people flocked to parks in London.

Health officials have said they fear people are starting to get complacent about the Covid-19 lockdown after traffic and mobile phone data revealed more people are on the roads and looking for directions.> Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, said on Saturday that “there was a little bit of concern” after the unseasonably warm weather drew big crowds to public spaces.