THE HOUSING Secretary will face no police action after travelling from Herefordshire to deliver medicines to his elderly parents during the lockdown.

Robert Jenrick was reported to have travelled 40 miles to visit his parents in Shropshire from his Herefordshire home.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of West Mercia Police, which covers Herefordshire said: “I am aware of the article in the media this morning regarding Robert Jenrick Secretary of State from the ministry of housing, communities and local Government. From the information I have, I do not believe this requires police involvement and West Mercia Police will not be taking any action at this time.

“This is an extremely difficult time for everyone. I understand that the lockdown is challenging, but I am taking this opportunity to remind everyone to respect the regulations, as that is the only way of making sure that we restrict the spread of the disease. Stay home, protect the NHS. Save lives.”

Jenrick said he respected social distancing when he dropped off medicines and other essentials to his elderly parents, who are self-isolating at their home.

While the Government's guidelines state you should not visit anyone who lives outside your own home, including elderly relatives, you are allowed to "leave your house to help them, for example by dropping shopping or medication at their door".

On Thursday evening, The Guardian reported that a witness told the paper they saw Mr Jenrick visiting his parent's Shropshire house at the weekend, which is 40 miles from his own.

Later in a tweet, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary said: "For clarity - my parents asked me to deliver some essentials - including medicines.

"They are both self-isolating due to age and my father's medical condition and I respected social distancing rules."

He included a link to The Guardian story in his tweet.