Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, West Mercia Police, which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, said: “I am aware of the article in the media this morning regarding Robert Jenrick Secretary of State from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. From the information I have, I do not believe this requires police involvement and West Mercia Police will not be taking any action at this time.

“This is an extremely difficult time for everyone. I understand that the lockdown is challenging, but I am taking this opportunity to remind everyone to respect the regulations, as that is the only way of making sure that we restrict the spread of the disease. Stay home, protect the NHS. Save lives.”