The real reason Boris Johnson won’t impose a third tier lockdown on Greater Manchester is reportedly because of police work.
The Prime Minister is reportedly uncomfortable with enforcing a level three shutdown in the Northwest for fear of policing.
The prime minister threatened action at a press conference at 10 Downing Street late Friday.
His warnings came after Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, working with other regional leaders, turned down a third tier lockdown.
But the prime minister is reportedly not going to enforce one despite a rising rate of coronavirus cases in places like Salford and Manchester.
Those responsible in the Greater Manchester area have already refused to accept stricter lockdown restrictions for Tier 3 coronaviruses.
And Boris Johnson has warned that he must “step in” to “protect hospitals” and “save lives”.
Amid the dispute, government sources said the telegraph Mr Johnson was reluctant to impose strict restrictions on Friday as he was anxious to ensure that the police comply with stricter rules in Tier 3 areas.
A decision to include Greater Manchester in Tier 3 is now unlikely to be made until Monday, a government source added.
Ian Hopkins, Chief of Police, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) replied: “We work with colleagues across the country to conduct operational policing without fear or favor and in accordance with the Police Code of Ethics.
“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, GMP has responded appropriately to the regulatory oversight. In the past 10 weeks we have had tighter local restrictions and have maintained this approach, filing 563 criminal complaints for non-compliance.
“It is up to local and national politicians to agree on the restrictions necessary to protect us all. As police chief, I will then ensure that my officers and employees enforce this in an appropriate manner together with our local partners.
“I spoke to the mayor and the interior minister during this pandemic. We all agree that there is a need for an adequate level of enforcement on existing regulations. I had support from both of them on the GMP approach.
“The important thing is that GMP is absolutely committed to the safety of the people of Greater Manchester and that remains our top priority.”