A POLICE force has apologised after an officer told a resident he couldn't use his front garden during the coronavirus lockdown.
The officer was filmed by the man as she spoke to him at his doorstep, warning him to stay inside during the row, which is believe to have taken place in Eastwood, South Yorkshire.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has urged police not to be "heavy-handed" while enforcing the lockdown over Easter weekend, with 26C temperatures set to make Good Friday the hottest day of the year.
Meanwhile, cops were called out to over 1,000 reports of covidiots breaking lockdown rules with nearly 500 house parties across Greater Manchester last weekend.
During the exchange, the officer tells the man and a female companion they must stay indoors and they "cannot come in your front garden".
The officer then tells them: "You know when you look around and there's nobody out it's because you can't..."
But the pair interrupt her, with the man insisting: "There's not no-one out, go down the street they're all over the place."
The officer then tells them: "It's not me, it's the government" before adding "1,000 people died yesterday".
The man then asks: "What do you do for your hour's exercise and stuff? adding "I spend my hour's exercise in the front garden".
When the officer asks if he is going indoors, he says "I'm going to the shop in a minute, I'm going to Aldi."
She then replies "You've already been to the shop once, I've seen you with two cans of pop."
But the man insists he had to top up his gas and electric meter.
The officer then asks: "I'm asking you to go indoors, are you refusing to go indoors?"
To which he replies "I'm indoors".
As the officer walks away, the man is heard saying: "Not allowed in your gardens, everyone."
The exchange comes as police
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman tweeted: "This encounter was well-intentioned but ill-informed and we'd like to apologise for the way it was handled.
"We've spoken to the officer concerned and made our approach absolutely clear.
"Again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused & will continue our work to support the NHS."
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Yesterday, a top cop threatened to check supermarket trolleys and block roads to crackdown on Brits flouting coronavirus lockdown rules.
Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley has said he will begin taking action within days as the three-week "grace period" is now over.
The officer has threatened to "marshal" supermarkets - including checking the items in baskets and trolleys to see if items are a "necessity.
He has also warned of implementing road blocks to stop Brits ignoring the government advice - and claimed forces are "damned if you do, damned if you don't" when it comes to policing the new rules.
But Ms Patel has rejected calls for tougher powers.
Responding to Mr Adderley's demands, she told TalkRadio: "That’s not appropriate.
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"That is not the guidance, that is not down to the measures we have been adopting thus far.
"That is not what the police are there to do.”
She added: "There is a balance to this. I do pay credit to the police, these are extraordinary times.”
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Police chiefs are now calling for laws to ban Brits from long road trips ahead of the four-day weekend.
In the Lake District, cops have re-diverted holidaymakers in campervans, while locals in St Ives, Cornwall, have blocked some roads to protect vulnerable residents.
And Devon and Cornwall Police have threatened to fine second home owners who flock to the area to enjoy the Easter weekend.