The Downing Street aide is claimed to have travelled from London to his parents’ home in Durham in March – after the coronavirus travel ban came into force.
Offers ticked him off for making the 250-mile journey and stressed the need to follow the restrictions, which the Number 10 staffer helped to craft himself, but did not fine him.
Neighbours were ‘shocked’ to see the 48-year-old in the North East a few days after he was seen in Westminster and announced to be isolating with Covid-19 symptoms.
His wife, the journalist Mary Wakefield, has wrote about his struggle with the disease and suggested he was holed up at their London residence.
But tonight a Mirror and Guardian investigation has claimed that the 48-year-old Brexiteer was confronted by the Durham constabulary.
The revelations immediately stirred up fury and saw political rivals line up to level charges of hypocrisy, with some demanding he resign.
Downing Street tonight declined to comment, but close friends said: ‘He isn’t remotely bothered by this story, it’s more fake news from the Guardian. There is zero chance of him resigning.’
Boris Johnson ‘s chief adviser Dominic Cummings was investigated by the police for flouting lockdown rules, it was revealed tonigh
The Downing Street aide is claimed to have travelled from London to his parents’ home in Durham in March
Durham Constabulary did not confirm an identity, but said they had spoken to an individual who had travelled from London after being tipped off on March 31.
A spokesman for the force said: ‘Officers made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self-isolating in part of the house.’
Mr Cummings was not slapped with the £60 fine for breaching the rules, but officers stressed the need to follow the lockdown – which he played a part in initiating.
Following the Prime Minister’s landmark address to the nation on March 23, emergency laws were ushered in to tighten travel restrictions.
The rules, which came into force on March 26, stated: ‘You should not be visiting family members who do not live in your home.
‘The only exception is if they need help, such as having shopping or medication dropped off.’
The day after these curbs were enforced, Mr Cummings raised eyebrows when he was pictured sprinting along Downing Street.
On March 30, news broke that the aide was self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms, and the PM’s spokesperson later confirmed he was ‘at home’.
But the next day, Durham Police caught wind of his breach of the rules and stressed the need for him to follow the guidance.
This was followed by sightings from neighbours, including on April 5 when the maverick Brexiteer was seen in his parents Robert and Morag’s back garden, where he was blasting out Dancing Queen by Abba.
On April 23, the aide was pictured back in the capital arriving at the back of Westminster.
Dominic Cummings and wife Mary Wakefield, who wrote about her husband’s coronavirus battle
Dominic Cummings pictured in April in London, after he allegedly returned from the North East
Tonight’s revelations were quickly seized upon by political rivals, who said he would have to resign if found to have broken the rules.
Labour has demanded Number 10 offers up a ‘very swift explanation’ for Mr Cummings’ actions.
A party spokesman said: ‘If accurate, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules.
‘The Government’s guidance was very clear: stay at home and no non-essential travel.
‘The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. Number 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.’
Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted: ‘If Dominic Cummings has broken the lockdown guidelines he will have to resign. It’s as simple as that.’
Labour MP Angela Eagle tweeted: ‘One law for them another for the rest’.
Her colleague Stella Creasy tweeted: ‘So we can now take children from a household where people have tested positive to stay with the likely over 70s? Missed that exemption in the guidance’.