In the latest incident, Rishi Sunak and his family were approached by a police officer after letting their dog- Nova the Labrador – off the leash in London’s Hyde Park, according to the Metropolitan Police force.
“We are aware of a video showing a dog being walked off the lead in Hyde Park,” the Metropolitan Police force said in a statement.
The incident was captured on a video shared on TikTok, which showed the Prime Minister and his family allowing their Labrador, Nova, to roam freely in an area where rules say dogs must be kept on a leash. The police officer who was present at the time spoke to a woman and reminded her of the rules, and the dog was put back on the leash. The video was filmed at an unknown date. The police said they would take no further action.
Sunak has had several awkward encounters with the public, as he battles to counter perceptions that he is too rich to connect with voters amid a cost-of-living crisis in Britain. And while projecting a more wholesome image than predecessor Boris Johnson, Sunak is making a habit of drawing untoward attention from the police.
Sunak has had two minor brushes with the law during his political career. In January, he was fined by police for taking off his seat belt to film a social media video in a moving car. Last year, when he was treasury chief, he was fined 50 pounds for breaching pandemic lockdown rules by briefly attending a party inside government offices. He was one of dozens of officials fined over the “partygate” scandal, including then Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
(With inputs from agencies)