We asked police if they'd break up Christmas dinners if they breached lockdown rules and here is was the response.

The answer from Met Police about their strategy during the festive season comes after West Midlands crime commissioner David Jamieson vowed this week that his officers will investigate large Christmas gatherings.

Met Police said it would be difficult for it to comment on future policing strategy until it is known what tier will be in place geographically.

But other forces such as Essex Police pointed to the statement by the National Police Chiefs’ Council which was made on behalf of policing.

The council said the police’s approach is that officers should encourage people to follow the rules in the first instance and enforce at a last resort.

The council added: "The police’s approach remains to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules in the first instance and enforce as a last resort, where there are clear breach of rules taking place."

While forces such as Hertfordshire Constabulary have said that it will take a "fair" approach to enforcing lockdown rules during winter like it said it has done during the rest of the year.

The Mirror reported this week that Mr Jamieson said that if there are big groups of people gathering where they should be then officers will have to intervene.

He told the Telegraph: "It’s not the police’s job to stop people enjoying their Christmas.

"However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public."