Police have apologised to a dad after wrongly telling him he was not allowed to sit in his front garden.

Daniel Connell filmed himself arguing with police officers who arrived at his doorstep in Eastwood, Rotherham.

In the video an officer tells the dad that he has to "stay indoors because of Covid-19".

"The virus does not stop on your front garden," the officer claims after spotting Daniel playing with his kids.

"You cannot come on your front garden. I’m recording [this video], you cannot come on your front garden."

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The officer told the dad he was not allowed in his front garden
The officer told the dad he was not allowed in his front garden

Government lockdown guidelines do not ban anyone from going into their garden.

Social distancing measures must be observed if a garden borders a public path or road, but an outright garden ban is not in place anywhere in the UK.

After the video was uploaded to Facebook, South Yorkshire Police issued an apology.

They said that the officer in the video had been reminded of the lockdown guidelines.

South Yorkshire Police described the intervention as "ill-informed"
South Yorkshire Police described the intervention as "ill-informed"

"This encounter was well-intentioned but ill-informed and we’d like to apologise for the way it was handled," said South Yorkshire Police, the Metro reported.

"We’ve spoken to the officer concerned and made our approach absolutely clear.

"Again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and will continue our work to support the NHS."

Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, said the officer's actions constituted an "overreach".

Home Secretary Priti Patel
Home Secretary Priti Patel

Yesterday Northamptonshire police chief Nick Adderley said his force were only "a few days away" from introducing measures such as road blocks and searching shopping trolleys, as people continue to flout coronavirus regulations.

Home Secretary Priti Patel slapped down the chief's suggestion, which she described as "not appropriate".

Ms Patel told TalkRadio: “That's not appropriate, let me be clear about that.

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“I work with the police and leadership every single day of the week and have been since this crisis.

“That is not the guidance, that is not down to the measures we’ve been adopting thus far.”