Police are not strict enough with people who break coronavirus regulations, the public believes. 

On Friday, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data showing that nearly seven in 10 – 69 per cent – of adults think police should be either very strict or strict in enforcing rules to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

This includes enforcing rules on social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

However, only 15 per cent of adults think police are being very strict or strict in the enforcement of these rules.

For those aged 70 years and over, 80 per cent said police should be very strict or strict in enforcing the rules. Only 23 per cent think officers are either very strict or strict in their enforcement.

The data, which covered the period from August 12 to August 16, forms part of the weekly ONS analysis of the social impact of coronavirus. 

The organisation also asked adults whether they supported targeted lockdown measures for areas affected by virus outbreaks, with 55 per cent responding that they strongly backed them. 

Those aged 70 or over were most likely to strongly support local lockdown measures (70 per cent) , followed by people living in Wales (62 per cent) and Scotland (61 per cent).

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