The girlfriend of an experienced bagpiper from the Scottish Guard, who was behind a stunt on the cenotaph yesterday, blew up the "nefarious police" after the former UKIP candidate was arrested for assault.
Ben Buckland, 47, a veteran from Romford, east London, was filmed marching onto the police barricade guarding the cenotaph memorial
He was seen stumbling backwards before falling to the ground, causing an uproar among other members of the public who stood with him at the police line.
However, a separate video has since appeared in which the piper brags, "Sometimes you have to create something to get what you want," as he admits that "I actually did it". I provoked them. & # 39;
The Met Police have confirmed that Mr. Buckland, who worked in security and heads an anti-poaching unit, was arrested on suspicion of a joint attack on an emergency worker.
His girlfriend claims he was held at Walworth Police Station in south London until around 1 a.m. when he was released as part of an investigation.
Mr Buckland's partner, Gina Bailey, said he was disturbed by the incident and felt humiliated by the way he had been treated.
She revealed that he was a Scottish Guard piper who had toured Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles.
Ms. Bailey raged, “He's an army veteran who served his country and it's a shame the way the police treated him.
& # 39; Ben is a true patriot who risked his life for this nation. And it's shocking that he's being pushed around like a common criminal on Memorial Sunday. & # 39;
A bagpiper filmed when he was knocked to the ground by a metropolitan police officer near the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday has been named as Ben Buckland, UKIP member and founder of an anti-poaching unit in Africa
The Piper has now been identified as Ben Buckland, pictured left with former UKIP leader and founding member Gerard Batten in 2018. Mr Buckland ran for election in Havering, east London, but was unable to sit on the council after receiving 479 votes to back up
Yesterday, the military piper, identified as a veteran by the person who filmed him, was pushed as he marched onto the police barricade guarding the cenotaph memorial
Ms. Bailey revealed, “Ben has been sleeping since he came in and feels very tired and upset. I didn't really talk to him much about what happened because he had been in a police cell for several hours and just wanted to go to bed when he entered. & # 39;
The Met Police website said: “A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of jointly attacking a rescue worker. He was taken into police custody and subsequently released as part of an investigation. & # 39;
In 2018, Buckland was introduced when meeting Jacob Rees-Mogg. He stood for a seat on the city council in the Havering suburb of London that same year, but lost after receiving only 479 votes from locals.
He served in the Scots Guard division of the British Army in the 1990s, before working in security professions and setting up the anti-poaching unit, Animal Guards, in 2015.
The Scottish piper is a longtime UKIP member who played the bagpipes on the party's campaign bus in the 2008 London mayoral election.
Ben Buckland met Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2018, 10 years after playing the bagpipes on the UKIP battle bus in the 2008 London Mayor elections
Mr Buckland (far right) served with the Scots Guards for eleven years from 1991 to 2002 before working in security and later setting up an anti-poaching unit in Africa
Mr Buckland served on the Havering borough of London in 2018 after serving in the local Harold Hill community
The British flocked to pay their own respect at memorials across the country despite the government urging councils to keep the public off of events during the nation's second lockdown.
In the Piper's new video, Mr Buckland, wearing a kilt and military beret, says, “I actually did it. I provoked them.
“They actually did it (pushed him), but in my training, sometimes you have to do something to get what you want, when you want what you want and when you want something to happen.
“Do you really think I give a damn about being knocked over? Not me.
& # 39; Everything is correct in motion. Because I just turned around. It only takes a few inches to get closer to them for them to respond. & # 39;
The first video showed Mr. Buckland pacing up and down in front of the line of officers while he played the bagpipes.
The piper had previously marched up and down in front of the row of officers when he was playing the bagpipe
The footage showed the piper turning and walking straight towards a line of masked police officers before being knocked to the ground
The full exchange between the piper and the person who filmed his confession
Filmer, Jason Dixon: More than 50,000 people saw this (video pushed by him).
Piper: I'll tell you this for the TV. I actually did it. I provoked them.
Mr. Dixon: Correct. Did you turn around?
piper: No. They actually did it, but in my training, sometimes you have to do something to get what you want, when you want what you want and when you want something to happen.
Mr. Dixon: Correct.
piper: Do you really think I don't give a fuck about being knocked over? Not me.
Mr. Dixon: You didn't have to do it. You just passed by. You didn't approach them. You passed them by.
piper: Everything is correct in the movement. Because I just turned around. It only takes a few inches to get closer to them for them to respond.
If you do that and then they react, because unfortunately we had to do it that way. But that's how we managed to get here. They wouldn't let us down. You wouldn't help us
He was pushed when he tried to march between the officers. The former UKIP candidate then stumbled backwards before falling to the ground.
Members of the crowd started yelling at the officer who pushed him, calling him "a shame" and "gross" before Mr. Buckandbegins approached the small crowd.
The unidentified uniformed piper said, “I tried to support the city police in my speech – I did.
& # 39; And what do we get? They attack us. This is a police state. What do we get from them? Violence. Violence. They are the violent ones. & # 39;
Other bystanders could be heard asking the police to "take a knee for the fallen" and shout "this is Germany" in apparent indignation over the incident.
Whistler's reference to a future speech appeared to be a reference to an earlier video that was shared on Twitter.
In the video, the piper was filmed yelling at the police saying, “We have the state workers who are preventing us from showing our respect for our fallen comrades.
“I didn't come here for a fight – I've done enough of that in the past – and no one else has.
“We came here to respect our friends, brothers in arms, and also the fallen we didn't even know.
"And yet the state, the state, the state tells us that we cannot!"
While the Queen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other members of the government, as well as the royal family, held a private service in the cenotaph on Sunday, the public was unable to attend due to lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Millions of people across the UK instead privately paid their respects from home while others went to their local war memorials to hold socially detached ceremonies.
Typically around 10,000 veterans would pay their respects at the cenotaph, but this year there were only 26 due to the risks posed by Covid-19.
The incident sparked outrage among the small crowd of veterans who had gathered when the piper confronted the police officer
Dozens of protesters started berating the officers after the incident when the piper confronted the officer who pushed him
The Piper then launched a passionate speech describing the police as "violent" and branding Britain a "police state".
Another 156 people have died after testing positive for the virus. Official Sunday figures showed the UK death toll rose to 49,044 during the pandemic
The UK confirmed an additional 20,572 positive Covid tests on Sunday, an 11.5 percent decrease from last Sunday's total
The barricade was later removed after the official ceremonial process was completed and the public was allowed to approach the cenotaph, which was still guarded by a handful of officers.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police are aware of a video posted online showing an officer using force after a man tried to enter a restricted area in Whitehall SW1.
& # 39; The officer's actions are considered in the broader context of this incident.
A Met spokesman said the officer's actions would be viewed in the broader context of the afternoon's incident and the veteran (pictured) had been asked to wait for the cenotaph to reopen to the public prior to the incident
The man had previously been asked to wait while the restricted area opened and he would be able to attend the cenotaph.
& # 39; The street had been closed as this year's Memorial Sunday event was a closed ceremony due to Covid restrictions.
"The area has now been opened and the public can now go their own way."
Elsewhere in the country socially distant crowds stood in gloomy silence by the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge, Scotland.
Meanwhile, pre-booked visitors gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, for a service that was broadcast live online.
Similar events were seen in Sheffield, where the bagpipes were played to a small group of spectators – in stark contrast to the crowds that are normally seen at the city's annual parade.
The British set out in droves to pay their respects to Britain's war dead at monuments across the country (pictured Spean Bridge, Scotland) on Sunday despite the government urging councils to keep the public aware of events during the second lockdown To hold the country
In Seaham, County Durham, huge crowds gathered for a memorial service – with the mist-filled sky and bleak weather as a gloomy backdrop
Brits gathered at a memorial in Seaham, County Durham on Memorial Sunday. Some wore protective face masks
At Seaham, the British stood together as they remembered those who had lost their lives in World War I.
There were socially distant crowds in Seaham as locals went outside on a cloudy Sunday morning to show their respect
Groups across the UK held their own memorials alongside the reduced annual National Service of Remembrance in London. Pictured: a service at Spean Bridge in Scotland
Last year: Soldiers and veterans gather at the Commando Memorial on Spean Bridge near Fort William on Memorial Sunday 2019. Far smaller crowds have been seen this year
Crowds in London stood with their heads bowed as they observed a minute of silence to remember those who had lost their lives in World War I.
An outdoor memorial was held in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, as local authorities followed strict social distancing rules
Chaplins, veterans and soldiers at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, earlier on Sunday
Over 200 military veterans and members of the public observed the minute of silence for Memorial Sunday in Glasgow
In Liverpool, members of the Royal Tank Regiment stand outside the hall of St Stephen & # 39; s Church where mass tests are conducted to maintain a two minute silence
The members of the Royal Tank Regiment paid their respects as they stood outside the hall of St Stephens Church in Liverpool on Sunday
Current government guidelines state that local authorities in England can hold events at a "public war memorial or cenotaph" provided they are outdoors, numbers are kept to a minimum, social distancing is observed and kept brief.
Most church services are banned for the winter due to the lockdown restrictions that began on Thursday. Anyone caught will face a £ 200 fine.
The government has issued a warning calling on local authorities to be aware of the risk of coronavirus spread that such social gatherings can cause.
"The public is legally permitted to stop and watch the event as a spectator," the instructions say.
"However, organizers should take reasonable steps to discourage the public from attending events and be aware of the risk such events pose, especially to veterans, who are often older."
A young boy greets the Tommy statue on Terrace Green in Seaham, County Durham during a Sunday Memorial ceremony
A veteran places a cross on a memorial statue in Seaham, County Durham during a Memorial Sunday memorial
Hundreds of socially distant locals attended Memorial Sunday in Seaham, County Durham
Pre-booked visitors gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, for a service that was broadcast live online
Pre-booked visitors stand at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, where a virtual act of remembrance of the Armed Forces Memorial will be broadcast
Similar events were seen in Sheffield, where the bagpipes were played to a small group of spectators – in stark contrast to the crowds that are normally seen at the city's annual parade
A proud Sheffield local shared pictures of the monument to the city, writing, "Proud, socially distant Sheffielders didn't let the pandemic and fog stop them this morning from remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom."
A long-distance social service was broadcast live at Exeter Cathedral as parishioners watched from the safety of their own homes
Spiritual process to war memorial to lay a wreath after a closed and socially distant memorial service in Exeter Cathedral
Crowds gathered in Parliament Square in London to observe a minute's silence while vigilant police officers stood on guard
How does England's winter lockdown affect churchgoers and memorial services on Sunday?
As part of England's recent lockdown, which goes into effect at midnight tonight, places of worship will be closed unless they are used for funerals, individual prayer, formal childcare or other vital voluntary and public services such as support groups.
Exceptions are also made for churches that broadcast services.
This means that the Sunday memorial services, which are traditionally part of the community service, cannot take place on November 8th as planned.
However, instead of being banned entirely, the government has put in place a set of guidelines for local authorities and religious leaders hoping to hold the services.
According to the government: "Local authorities in England and religious leaders can hold outdoor memorial services on Sunday at a public war memorial or cenotaph if they conduct a Covid-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmitting the virus.
“If necessary, you should contact neighboring companies, transport companies and local transport authorities to assess the risks to the region from increased visitors from other locations and to take additional measures if necessary. & # 39;
These services should be adjusted to ensure that the event is as secure as possible.
- Be outdoors as the risk of transmission is greatly reduced.
- Be brief and focus on wreath laying with a reduced march past or a reduced parade only when social distance can be maintained.
- Use the options for wreath layers to represent larger groups
- All small military bands should respect social distancing. Buglers can perform outdoors at Remembrance Sunday events.
- Keep numbers to a minimum and focus on those who want to make wreaths.
- Take reasonable steps to minimize broader public relations. The public can only attend the event with their own household or those in their support bubble, or individually with someone outside their household.
- Monitor social distancing at all times.
According to the guidelines, participants should be kept to a minimum and include only:
- People present as part of their work (e.g. community councilors, local religious leaders, the local MP)
- Individuals who volunteer on behalf of a recognized organization
- Members of the armed forces
- Veterans of the armed forces and / or their representatives or carers
Members of the public are permitted to watch the event but should be discouraged from attending.
In Seaham, County Durham, huge crowds gathered for a memorial service – with the mist-filled sky and bleak weather as a gloomy backdrop.
A long-distance social service was broadcast live at Exeter Cathedral as parishioners watched from the safety of their own homes.
Over 200 military veterans and members of the public observed the minute's silence for Memorial Sunday in Glasgow.
Shared pictures of the memorial to the city, a proud Sheffield local wrote, “Proud, socially distant Sheffielders didn't let the pandemic and fog stop them this morning from remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom.
“It was a much smaller memorial service at the Barker's Pool cenotaph and not a parade through town, but I was pleased to see it was led by the Sheffield Section of the Parachute Regiment because my grandpa was a Sheffield Para who fought Arnhem. & # 39;
Crowds gathered in Parliament Square in London to observe a minute's silence while vigilant police officers stood on guard.
Also in London was Laurence Fox, chairman of the Reclaim party, who got out on Sunday at the Royal Artillery War Memorial in Hyde Park Corner for a memorial service on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson spearheaded politicians and kings who paid their respects at the Westminster cenotaph on Sunday.
In addition to Mr Johnson and Labor Leader Sir Keir, former Prime Ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair and Theresa May, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey were also present.
As the clock struck 11 a.m., Mr Johnson, Prince Charles, Prince William and other members of the British elite marked the two-minute silence before laying their wreaths.
The Queen watched from the royal chest in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as Prince Charles laid a wreath for her.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were also present along with Prince Edward and his wife, the Countess of Wessex.
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, was also at the memorial service.
The first blow of eleven from Big Ben signaled the beginning of the two-minute silence.
A military weapon was fired to mark the end of the silent tribute observed at war memorials across the country, and the final post was triggered by the Buglers of the Royal Marines.
The first wreath was laid by the Prince of Wales, followed by Captain James Boughey, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh, who has withdrawn from public royal duties.
Charles then left his own floral tribute and was persecuted by the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal before the politicians laid their wreaths.
The Duke of York did not attend the event after stepping down from official royal duties following heavy criticism following his Panorama interview about his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, resigned as a working member of the royal family and now lives in California.
But in a Memorial Sunday podcast, the former army officer said: "To be able to wear my uniform, to be in the service of one's own country, is one of the greatest honors in life."
Prior to Sunday's service, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said "no virus can stop us" from remembering the country's war dead as he paid his respects at a low-key event on Saturday at the Uxbridge War Memorial in west London. He said: “We come together every November to remember the soldiers and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who gave their lives for our freedom.
The fog and mist hit downtown Sheffield on Sunday as locals pay tribute to those who died in World War I.
Also in London was Laurence Fox (center), chairman of the Reclaim party, who got off on Sunday for a memorial service on Sunday at the Royal Artillery War Memorial in Hyde Park Corner
Mr Fox looked grave as he attended a memorial Sunday ceremony at the Royal Artillery War Memorial in Hyde Park Corner
The public cannot attend due to lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of people across the UK will instead pay their respects in the privacy of their homes
Taoiseach Micheal Martin (2nd right) with Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster (right) during the memorial service in Enniskillen on Sunday
In Glasgow, veterans were also in force to pay their respects, despite asking the public to stay home during the second coronavirus lockdown
Adults and children take a short break to remember the Tommy statue in Seaham. A man wears army medals
Officials wait to place their wreaths during a Memorial Sunday ceremony in Seaham while spectators watch
A veteran wears his army medals along with a protective face mask adorned with poppies during the Sunday service. Strict social distancing rules were introduced this year
Ein Veteran setzt am Sonntag während einer Gedenksonntagszeremonie in Seaham, Grafschaft Durham, ein Kreuz
Motorradfahrer nehmen an einer Gedenksonntagszeremonie in der Tommy-Statue auf Terrace Green in Seaham teil
Veteranen, Angehörige der Streitkräfte, lokale Führer und Mitglieder der Öffentlichkeit versammeln sich im War Memorial in Carlisle, Cumbria
Ein Mann salutiert an einem Kriegsdenkmal in Cumbria zum jährlichen Gedenkgottesdienst. Die Menge stand sozial distanziert
Die Menge versammelte sich an einem Kriegsdenkmal in Carlisle, Cumbria, und achtete darauf, voneinander getrennt zu sein. Viele trugen Gesichtsmasken
Ein Kranz wird auf das Kriegsdenkmal in Carlisle, Cumbria, gelegt, als sich Menschenmengen zum jährlichen Gedenkgottesdienst versammelten
“During this difficult time, no virus can stop us from honoring her memory, especially when we have just celebrated the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II.
“And our honors are even more important in times of trial. So let's get together again and remember those to whom we owe so much. & # 39;
In a video message prior to attending the Memorial Sunday service, union leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “2020 has been a year of struggle and sacrifice and we know that many challenges lie ahead.
“But in these troubled times, when we need inspiration, we can always look with pride, not just on our war generations or those currently serving our nation at home and abroad, but on all of our soldiers and women who served during this pandemic have stood side by side with our key workers in the fight against this virus.
“On this special Memorial Sunday, celebrating 80 years since the Battle of Britain and 75 years since the end of World War II, we would like to thank everyone who has served and everyone who continues to serve this great country. & # 39;
In Durham, residents gathered at the city's main war memorial to pay their respects to lost family members on Remembrance Sunday
The Queen watched from the royal chest near the cenotaph as Prince Charles laid a wreath for her
Mitglieder des Royal Tank Regiment unterbrechen die Covid-19-Massentests in der St. Stephens Church in Liverpool, um die zweiminütige Stille am Sonntag zu beobachten
Eine kleine Anzahl von dienenden und ehemaligen Royal Marine Commandos am Commando Memorial an der Spean Bridge in der Nähe von Fort William
Eine kleine Anzahl von dienenden und ehemaligen Royal Marine Commandos am Commando Memorial an der Spean Bridge in Schottland
Serving und ehemalige Royal Marine Commandos begrüßen sich an der Spean Bridge in Schottland zu einer Gedenkzeremonie am Sonntag
Sir Kier had walked down Downing Street along with Mr Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey and the leader of the SNP in the House of Commons Sir Ian Blackford on his way down Downing Street to the cenotaph on Sunday .
Prinz Harry wurde im Militär-Podcast Declassified interviewt.
Er fuhr fort: „Für mich ist die Uniform ein Symbol für etwas viel Größeres, ein Symbol für unser Engagement für den Schutz unseres Landes sowie für den Schutz unserer Werte.
"These values are put into action through service, and service is what happens in silence and chaos."
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson lead politicians and royals who paid their respects to Britain's war dead at the Cenotaph on Sunday
Prince William followed his father by laying a wreath at the base of the cenotaph. The most famous British politicians joined him
Prince William also laid a wreath on the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance day as a small socially-distanced crowd looked on
The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward also laid a wreath at the Sunday service – an annual tradition for several members of the Royal family
In a brief ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, the Queen commemorated the 100th anniversary of the funeral of the Unknown Warrior who represents World War I soldiers whose place of death is unknown or whose remains have not been identified.
The 94-year-old monarch had requested the service – her first public engagement in London since March – after being advised to celebrate the warrior's 100th birthday next week, to be attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. If you do not participate in an abbey service, you will join on November 11th, Armistice Day.
People were encouraged to attend commemorations on Sunday by sharing family stories, personal stories and reminder messages online using the hashtag £ WeWillRememberThem.
Beim Kenotaph würden normalerweise rund 10.000 Veteranen ihren Respekt erweisen, aber dieses Jahr sind es aufgrund der von Covid-19 ausgehenden Risiken nur 26. Pictured: The veterans on Sunday
Mr Johnson was the first British politician to put a wreath on the cenotaph this morning when Britain marked Remembrance Sunday
Home Secretary Priti Patel was among the government officials to lay a wreath on the cenotaph
Meanwhile, genealogy company Ancestry made more than a billion British war records freely available over the weekend for people to discover the role of their families in WWI and WWII.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Many of the men and women who are in the parade today have already taken part in efforts to fight the coronavirus and many more will do so in the coming weeks.
"I applaud your selflessness."
General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of Defense Staff, said some veterans would find Memorial Sunday this year a lonely experience due to the existing Covid-19 restrictions.
Pre-booked visitors stand at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, and watch the “virtual” act of remembrance of the Armed Forces Memorial broadcast to others via Facebook and YouTube
Wreaths were placed at the memorial to commemorate the sacrifice of fallen British soldiers and women
Sir Nick told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show that the guidelines were "particularly strict on our veterans," adding, "They traditionally had the opportunity to meet and share their memories and reflections, but also their stuff present."
Vice Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Services across the UK will unfortunately look and feel very different this year, but the important thing is that the meaning of Remembrance Sunday has not changed.
“Today remains a poignant reminder to ponder the valor and sacrifice of all who have served.
& # 39; The tenacity and camaraderie of previous generations in their struggles should inspire us all as we address new challenges that Covid-19 poses.
Seymour & # 39; Bill & # 39; Taylor, 95, of Colchester, Essex, who served as a skilled seaman in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Emerald during the D-Day landings, joined the neighbors on the road to watch the two minutes on Sunday
"It should also remind us of the great debt we owe our veterans to keep their memories alive."
To mark Remembrance Sunday, members of the public were encouraged to share their family histories and commemorative messages online using the hashtag #WeWillRememberThem.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "While this year's service is a little different than normal, I encourage everyone to get involved from home – watch TV on your television, do your family history research – but most importantly, be safe."
The memorial services come after the former chief of the Lord of the Royal Navy, West of Spithead, launched a backlash against a ban on church services and warned veterans Get pneumonia by being forced to stand outside.
Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in winter mean that most church services are banned and anyone caught visiting could face a £ 200 fine.
John & # 39; Paddy & # 39; Hemingway, the 101-year-old last survivor of the Battle of Britain, is said to be upset by the move.
His son Brian Hemingway said the veteran was "sad" that people couldn't get together on Sunday.
However, the growing turmoil from former senior military officials and former Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has led to calls for an exemption so that the day can be properly remembered.
Lord West of Spithead, the former First Sea Lord, told The Telegraph, “If you look at the average size of a church, there has to be a way to let veterans in with social distancing.
“It seems very stupid to leave them outside in the freezing cold season. This puts them at greater risk. You are more likely to die from pneumonia than from Covid. & # 39;
The Royal British Legion previously confirmed that there will be no annual March Past the Cenotaph.
On its website, the charity said it recognized the decision was "deeply disappointing," adding that it was made on the recommendation of the government.
Government guidance enables local authorities in England to organize events at a "public war memorial or cenotaph" as long as they are outdoors, brief and those present adhere to social distancing measures.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May also criticized the decision to ban church services.
She told the House of Commons: “The Covid-safe reminder service at Worcester Cathedral is now being converted to a recorded online service.
"Surely the men and women who gave up their lives for our freedom deserve better than that?"
Former Secretary of Defense Sir Michael Fallon said, "Veterans are perfectly capable of social distancing and wearing face masks for half an hour, and I hope the government will reconsider." It seems ridiculous. We trusted veterans to risk their lives for the country, but we cannot trust them to stand two meters apart in church. & # 39;
Several members of the House of Lords raised concerns about the impact of the move on people's mental health, pointing out that for many older people, attending church was their only regular social activity.
Parish Minister Lord Greenhalgh defended the rule, saying: "We have reached a critical point in the fight against Covid-19."
He stressed the need to "limit our interaction with others" and said: "It is with great regret that services cannot take place at this time, although the places of worship remain open for individual prayer."
Tory peer Lord Cormack squeezed the minister, saying he had "provided no evidence as to why churches shouldn't be open to public worship".
He said a memorial service has been scheduled for that Sunday at Lincoln Cathedral, which will be "a huge space where everyone can be appropriately socially distanced."
Lord Cormack added, “Instead, the government has come up with a stupid answer – that the veterans, all 90 and over, can stand in the cold and rain, but cannot go to a safe, socially distant cathedral.
"That's a shame."
Several arrests as anti-lockdown protestors refusing to wear masks or socially distance gather to slam 'treasonous' politicians for new Covid-19 rules
Several people have been arrested after hundreds gathered in Manchester city centre to protest against the second national coronavirus lockdown.
The protest, in Piccadilly Gardens, got underway at around 1pm on Sunday with Greater Manchester Police issuing a dispersal order.
Social media footage showed a few hundred people in attendance with little social distancing and few wearing masks.
Many of them carried placards, one of which read: 'Fear is the currency of control.'
One speaker using a loud-hailer told the crowd: 'Those 300-plus politicians that voted for the lockdown are treasonous.
'From this day forward, it will be for every single one of us to be brave.'
Four have been arrested with 20 issued fines with police promising that the organiser will be slapped with a £10,000 fine.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: 'Utterly ridiculous behaviour from the organisers and the protesters, deliberately breaking the law and putting our communities at risk.'
Some of the protesters had also arrived from as far as Cumbria via a coach, police reported, adding that the driver and the coach operator will be 'dealt with'.
The government has come under increasing pressure for introducing the national lockdown, with critics slamming its use of statistics to justify the new restrictions.
A slide used at Boris Johnson's lockdown press conference last Saturday suggested there could be up to 4,000 daily deaths by next month without further action but that number and other projections were subsequently revised down.
Thousands of anti-maskers attend protest in Manchester during lockdown on Sunday
A man is detained by the police during a anti-lockdown demonstration which was organised under the banner 'Rise Up Manchester'
Arrests made at Anti-mask attend protest in Manchester during lockdown yesterday. Similar protests have broken out across the UK since the lockdown was announced
A woman is restrained and arrested by Greater Manchester Police during an anti-lockdown protest as they act on a dispersal order at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Sunday's positive drop in case numbers adds fuel to criticism against Boris Johnson's trigger-happy lockdown put in place this week
Police officers clash with anti-lockdown protesters in Manchester this afternoon as the first weekend of the new lockdown comes to a close
The Prime Minister pushed ahead with nation-wide restrictions amid concerns rapid spread of the virus in September and October is leading to surging hospital admissions across the North of England
The Chief Constable confirmed that the event had put a strain on resources, with almost one in ten of the force's staff off work amid the virus.
Around 50 officers were originally deployed and then a force response had to be instigated to disperse the crowd.
The protest appeared to be under the banner 'Rise Up Manchester'.
At around 2pm, police chiefs confirmed they had authorised a 'dispersal order', though this appeared not to have been followed, with officers moving in at 4pm.
The crowd dispersed within 20 minutes though there was still a tense standoff between officers and protesters.
A statement from GMP earlier said: We are aware of a large gathering in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre, and officers are in attendance.
'Prior to this gathering, officers engaged with the organiser; explained the restrictions; and encouraged compliance and are continuing to do so.
'Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, a Section 34 Dispersal Order has been authorised for Manchester City Centre until 6.45pm today (Sunday 8 November 2020).
'This means members of the public must not gather in the area. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.
'GMP would also like to use this opportunity to remind members of the public that, under the national Covid-19 restrictions, gatherings of more than two people are unlawful.
'We encourage people to comply with these restrictions, as we have throughout this public health crisis, to help keep themselves and others safe.'
The Prime Minister pushed ahead with nation-wide restrictions amid concerns rapid spread of the virus in September and October is leading to surging hospital admissions across the North of England and sparking fears the NHS could be overwhelmed again.
Measures were brought in following grim predictions that deaths could rise to 1,000 a day by December, but weekly figures have seen a rise of just 14 compared to last Sunday
The government has come under increasing pressure for introducing the national lockdown, with critics slamming its use of statistics to justify the new restrictions
Greater Manchester Police make arrests as they act on a dispersal order at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester as people attend anti-lockdown protest in Manchester
Arrests made at Anti-mask attend protest in Manchester during lockdown. Anger has been surging following introduction of the new measures
However, the move has proven controversial as streams of data from various sources – some official and some not – seem to show that the local lockdown policy worked.
Meanwhile, nearly 500 academics told Boris Johnson in open letter attacking lockdown that official data is 'exaggerating' the risk of Covid-19 and talk of a second wave is 'misleading'.
The doctors and scientists said the Government's response to the coronavirus pandemic has become 'disproportionate' and that mass testing has distorted the risk of the virus.
They said tests are likely to be producing high numbers of 'false positive' results and the Government must do more to put infection and death rates within the context of normal seasonal rates.
The letter criticised the Government's handling of coronavirus for 'causing more harm than good'.
Top scientists suggested the UK's second wave of coronavirus has already peaked.
Professor Tim Spector, who runs the Covid Symptom Study app tracking the spread of Covid-19 in the UK, confirmed that there are “positive signs” that the country has “passed the peak of the second wave”.
The open letter to the Prime Minister was signed by 469 medics and is titled First Do No Harm – the medical principle that a cure must never be worse than the disease itself.
It is signed by immunologist Dr Charlotte R Bell, paediatrician Dr Rosamond Jones, consultant surgeon and Keith Willison, Professor of Chemical Biology at Imperial College.
The letter reads: 'The management of the crisis has become disproportionate and is now causing more harm than good.
'We urge policy-makers to remember that this pandemic, like all pandemics, will eventually pass but the social and psychological damage that it is causing risks becoming permanent.
'After the initial justifiable response to Covid-19, the evidence base now shows a different picture.
Boris Johnson is facing a growing Tory revolt over the Government's national coronavirus lockdown, as Britain announced 151 new Covid deaths in hospitals, a rise of just 14 compared to last week
A further 156 people have died after testing positive for the virus, official figures released on Sunday have revealed, bringing the UK's total death toll during the pandemic to 49,044
The UK on Sunday confirmed a further 20,572 positive Covid tests, a drop of 11.5 per cent on last Sunday's total
'The problem of functional false positive rates has still not been addressed and particularly in the context of low prevalence of disease whereby false positives are likely to exceed true positives substantially and moreover correlate poorly with the person being infectious.
Alongside this we have the issue that it is normal to see an increase in illness and deaths during the winter months.
'It is notable that (the) UK death rate is currently sitting around average for this time of year. The use of the term 'second wave' is therefore misleading.
'We have the knowledge to enable a policy that protects the elderly and vulnerable without increasing all other health and economic harms and which is not at the expense our whole way of life and particularly that of the nation's children.'
The open letter was organised by the parent campaign UsForThem and Recovery, a new group opposing strong coronavirus restrictions.
It comes as the UK on Sunday confirmed a further 20,572 positive Covid tests, a drop of 11.5 per cent on last Sunday's total.
The cases – which are 2,682 fewer than the 23,254 reported this time last week – comes on the first weekend of the country's controversial second lockdown.
A further 156 people have died after testing positive for the virus, official figures released on Sunday revealed, bringing the UK's total death toll during the pandemic to 49,044.
Sunday's all-settings death toll marks a drop of 3.7 per cent on the 162 deaths reported this time last week.
It is also fewer than half the 413 deaths reported on Saturday – but figures on Sunday can be lower than usual due to a delay in processing over the weekend.
The positive drop in case numbers adds fuel to criticism against Boris Johnson's trigger-happy lockdown put in place this week.
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