Follow lockdown rules or face punishment, says UK interior minister

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel in London
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LONDON (Reuters) - British interior minister Priti Patel warned those who break COVID-19 lockdown rules that they faced punishment by police, announcing a new 800 pound ($1,097.36) fine for those who attend house parties.

"My message is clear: If you don't follow these rules, then the police will enforce them," Patel told a news conference. "Police officers are now moving more quickly to hand out fines when they encounter breaches."

(Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by William James; editing by Sarah Young)