Durham Police has issued a new statement regarding Dominic Cummings' controversial visit to County Durham.
The police force has been asked to investigate sightings of the top government advisor in the county after Mr Cummings admitted making a 264 mile trip from London to the North East while suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.
Full statement from Durham Police:
We can confirm that on April 1, an officer from Durham Constabulary spoke to the father of Dominic Cummings. Mr Cummings confirmed that his son, his son's wife and child were present at the property. He told the officer that his son and son's wife were displaying symptoms of coronavirus and were self-isolating in part of the property. We can further confirm that our officer gave no specific advice on coronavirus to any members of the family and that Durham Constabulary deemed that no further action was required in that regard. Our officer did, however, provide the family with advice on security issues.
In a statement read in Downing Street's rose garden, Mr Cummings said his decision to drive from London to County Durham was based not only on fears over a lack of childcare if he became incapacitated with COVID-19 but also concerns about his family’s safety.
Mr Cummings said: “I don’t regret what I did. I think reasonable people may well disagree about how I thought about what to do in the circumstances, but I think what I did was actually reasonable in these circumstances.
“The rules made clear that if you are dealing with small children that can be exceptional circumstances.
“And I think that the situation that I was in was exceptional circumstances and the way that I dealt with it was the least risk to everybody concerned if my wife and I had both been unable to look after our four-year-old.”
Mr Cummings admitted travelling to Barnard Castle by car to test if he was fit to drive the full journey back to London due to concerns over his vision after recovering from illness.