Wood you believe it
Sunday People|May 24, 2020
● Cummings in ‘2nd trip breach’ ● Calls for PM to sack top aide
Pippa Crerar, Alan Selby and Jeremy Armstrong

DOMINIC Cummings was seen flouting Covid-19 lockdown rules a SECOND time to visit his parents more than 250 miles away, the Sunday People can reveal.

The Prime Minister’s controversial top aide was spotted with his wife in Houghall Woods, near the family’s Durham home, two weeks after the first time he was sighted breaching the strict regulations.

Walkers were shocked at the “double standards” when they spotted him so far from London at the height of the lockdown on April 19. He casually remarked on how pretty the bluebells were.

Mr. Cummings is now under pressure to resign – with MPs, the public, and a Police and Crime Commissioner calling for him to be sacked.

It came as the Government announced 282 more people had died with Covid-19 since Friday, bringing the total to 36,675.

Mr. Cummings , 48, had been photographed in Downing Street when he returned to work on April 14 following his own battle with the virus.

Chaos

The Government was thrown into chaos yesterday when it emerged Boris Johnson’s chief-of-staff broke lockdown rules to self-isolate with his family in the North East of England.

Downing Street previously said he needed his relatives to help with childcare after he and his wife, Mary Wakefield, fell ill.

But the claims were mired in confusion after it emerged the couple continued to look after their four-year-old son themselves in Durham.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jenny Harries cast further doubt when she told the No 10 briefing the only exception to rules was if there was “extreme risk to life”.

A joint investigation by the People and Observer can today reveal Mr. Cummings was spotted for a second time apparently breaching the rules. A local couple, who did not want to be named, claimed they saw him while walking in Houghall Woods, near his parents’ home, on April 19.

One said: “We were shocked to see him because the last time we did was earlier in the week in Downing Street.

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