Scotland Yard in lockdown snooping U-turn: Met Police withdraws advice urging pubs and restaurants to ask customers for IDs saying it 'does not reflect policy' after backlash from hospitality industry | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Scotland Yard in lockdown snooping U-turn: Met Police withdraws advice urging pubs and restaurants to ask customers for IDs saying it 'does not reflect policy' after backlash from hospitality industry

Scotland Yard has today pulled a sudden U-turn after urging pubs and restaurants to snoop on customers to ensure they stick to lockdown rules.

The Metropolitan Police faced a backlash and even the threat of legal action from hospitality industry chiefs after sending letters asking struggling traders in London to ask for the names, addresses and photo IDs of their customers.

Officers had hoped such a move would discourage households from mixing in the capital's pubs and bars, after Tier 2 restrictions were introduced last weekend.

But now Scotland Yard bosses say they have withdraw the letter - saying 'it does not reflect the force's policy'.

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