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Police statement regarding MP funeral visit

Following recent media coverage of a large gathering of mourners at a funeral in Birmingham earlier this week, we can confirm that we have spoken to Tahir Ali MP about a suspected breach of coronavirus restrictions.

We warned Mr Ali about his behaviour and reminded him of the clear need for everyone to follow the rules surrounding social distancing and the guidelines that have been issued around funerals.

New restrictions have been placed on the numbers of mourners that can attend funerals in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

We would urge people to check their local authority websites for guidance. It is vital people follow these rules.

We’ve been clear from the outset that our approach to social distancing rules is to engage, explain & encourage people. Only as a last resort will we consider using enforcement powers. This approach is being applied consistently around our communities.

More information on our approach, and what the public can expect from us at this time can be found here.

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