Manchester police insists they WILL enforce Tier 3 lockdown after Boris backed down from forcing city into it 'because he feared police would not enforce rules' without Burnham's backing - as figures show the city's infections are still going DOWN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Manchester police insists they WILL enforce Tier 3 lockdown after Boris backed down from forcing city into it 'because he feared police would not enforce rules' without Burnham's backing - as figures show the city's infections are still going DOWN

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police today vowed to police 'without fear or favour' amid a political row between Downing Street and local leaders over tougher coronavirus measures.

In an open letter, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said that while he is 'accountable' to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, he is 'operationally independent'.

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