The police got tough on lawbreakers in Covid today. 28 protesters were arrested for disregarding restrictions. Four men were fined £ 800 for driving in the same car on the way to McDonald’s, and officials even stopped motorists to ask, "Why are you here?"
The Met arrested 21 protesters at an anti-lockdown rally in Parliament Square this afternoon, while a further seven were bailed from a march outside the Julian Assange hearing and are now facing fines of up to £ 6,400.
In Northampton, a group of friends were stopped at 5 a.m. and fined £ 800 for sitting in the same car despite being from different households – a violation of the rules that went into effect at midnight.
Meanwhile, Thames Valley police apologized after an officer who was "a bit astute" handed out leaflets asking drivers to explain why they were out to crack down on travel in Maidenhead.
The Met today put in place some of the toughest anti-Covid measures, announcing that anyone who does not wear a face mask in a store or on public transport will be fined £ 200.
However, the penalties are not applied locally and people are given a short period of time to produce a doctor's letter.
The crackdown on people leaving for no “good reason” came when Boris Johnson tacitly extended his third national lockdown to March 31, when his new Covid law was released, and he heard Tory's calls for the “ rejected malicious "rules after its first review on February 15.
The Prime Minister had told the Commons ahead of tonight's vote on the measure that he had "no choice" but to take action against those breaking the rules in an attempt to curb the spread of the mutant strain of Covid that is sweeping the country.
He said: "We have no choice but to go back to a national lockdown in England where similar measures will be passed by the decentralized administrations so we can control this new variant until we can get the most likely victims out of the way with vaccines . "
Tory MPs are alarmed that regulations have extended the Tiers system's expiration date from February 22nd to March 31st – although the Prime Minister claims the system can be relaxed from mid-February if the vaccine roll-out goes well.
But Mr Johnson stood up to those rebels when the House of Commons passed the measures by 524 votes to 16, a majority of 508.
When the police promised to toughen up to stop the spread of Covid, it also turned out today:
- Boris Johnson is desperate to win over angry Tory MPs while defending national lockdown and insisting he had no choice but to shut down England.
- Matt Hancock has been accused of turning down an offer from pharmacists to aid in the largest vaccination drive in history – and it turns out that doses of the vaccine don't go to general practitioners on a Sunday.
- The World Health Organization is refusing to support Britain's move into space.
- More chaos in education as BTEC students remain pending exams starting today as the A-Level and GCSE exams are finally canceled.
Four people caught in the same car on their way to McDonald’s breakfast were fined £ 800 for violating coronavirus laws
Protesters screamed as they were surrounded and arrested after officials asked them to leave the area around Parliament Square. One was nailed and handcuffed to the pedestal under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi
Police officers arrest a 92-year-old man outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail. The Met has yet to confirm the reason for the arrests as it has pledged to crack down on Covidiots, including those who gather in large groups
This woman screamed as she was taken away after repeated warnings from officials to evacuate the area outside Westminster Magistrates' Court
Five officers, several of whom were armed with batons, broke off the protest in front of the parliament buildings and pushed the man to the ground
Police were forced to chase protesters around Parliament Square after many refused to disperse this afternoon
Police officers hold a protester in Parliament Square during an anti-lockdown protest violating Covid lockdown rules
This woman was searched and then taken away when the Met said it wouldn't be difficult for anyone outside without a "good excuse".
This man was led away when his fellow "fascists" were calling for officials sent to break off the protest in Parliament Square when new lockdown rules became law
Thames Valley Police have apologized for the behavior of an officer who "was a little keen" in distributing leaflets in Maidenhead asking drivers, "Why are you here today?"
Boris Johnson, speaking in the House of Commons today, went into law this morning to ensure people cannot leave the house without a "reasonable apology" or face fines of £ 200 down
The regulations underlying the drastic curbs came into force in England after the Prime Minister said he had no choice because the mutated strain was widespread
Drivers who repeatedly made unnecessary journeys during the last lockdown will have their license plates recorded by police ANPR cameras and then punished by officers who later show up at their homes.
Officials will also visit the homes of Londoners who recently returned from South Africa, where experts have identified a particularly virulent strain of Covid that may be resistant to all current vaccines.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said police work would be "accelerated significantly" as the government was now "afraid" of the death toll and infection rates in London.
He said ten percent of the Met force – more than 3,000 officers – are now unemployed because of the virus and that number has grown rapidly.
Ken Marsh told MailOnline about the new measures: “If you have a medical reason not to wear a mask, you now need to print out a clarification stating that you have an exception.
“This is a problem we had all the time before anyone could say they had a medical reason for not wearing a mask and we just had to accept it and walk away. This is not the case now.
The officers will continue the interview in the same way, but the person will then be given a certain amount of time – how long it has not yet completed – to report the exemption to a doctor.
“While people are not required to keep this exception with them at all times, it is easier and faster to do so when they do.
“What I actually asked for is a badge that someone must first apply for and then wear to show they have an appropriate medical dispensation.
"We're not trying to be a big brother, but you can step into the tube and there would be about a dozen or so uncovered people of whom I would question an exception."
Mr. Marsh continued, “We are stepping up the work around vehicle movement. ANPR monitoring is carried out on a broad front with respect to stubborn vehicle users. If they are found to be breaking the law, they will be fined. Officials will visit their homes to inquire about the nature of their travel and if necessary these motorists will be fined.
“We also visit the homes of everyone arriving from South Africa on vacation.
What is a "reasonable excuse" for leaving the house?
You are not allowed to leave your home or be outside of it unless you have a "reasonable excuse". This is regulated by law. The police can take action against you if you leave the house without a “reasonable apology” and impose a fine (Fixed Penalty).
You can get a fixed fine of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.
A "reasonable apology" includes:
- Work – You can only leave home for work if it is inappropriate for you to do your work from home
- Volunteering – You can also leave home to do volunteer or community service
- Essential Activities – You can leave home to buy things in stores or get services. You can also leave home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person, or someone who is self-isolating
- Education and Childcare – You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children that you are eligible to attend.
- Meeting with Others and Care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to form one), to informally care for children under the age of 14 under a child care bubble (e.g. to Parents to work) in order to look after disabled or vulnerable people
- Exercise – You can continue to exercise alone, with someone else, or with your household or support bladder, limited to once a day and not outside of your area
- Medical Reasons – You can leave home for medical reasons, including a COVID-19 test for medical appointments and emergencies
- Harm and Compassionate Visits – You can leave the house to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness, or to avoid the risk of harm (such as domestic violence).
- You can also leave the house to visit someone who is dying, someone in a nursing home (if this is permitted under the guidance of the nursing home), a hospice or hospital, or to accompany them to a doctor's appointment
- Animal welfare reasons – You can leave the house for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. to consult or treat a veterinarian
- Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave home to attend or attend a place of worship for communal worship, funeral or event related to a death, burial site or memorial garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.
There are other reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave your home to comply with legal obligations or to engage in activities related to buying, selling, renting or renting a residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum.
Police patrols are increasing across London and starting tomorrow a task force made up of all relevant authorities, including local councils and the police, will come into force over the next two weeks to ensure that non-essential businesses remain closed. & # 39;
Mr Marsh said future anti-vaccine demonstrations – such as those led by Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn – will be treated far more severely.
That was evident today when four people in the same car en route to McDonald's breakfast were fined £ 800 for violating coronavirus laws.
Police drove over the vehicle around 5 a.m. on Bedford Road in Northampton. The two men and two women claimed they were on their way to a McDonald & # 39; s breakfast – even though the fast food restaurant didn't open for two hours.
Investigations confirmed the four did not come from the same household, so the trip violated the lockdown rules, which officially went into effect at midnight.
As a result, their early morning meal was much more expensive than planned when officials beat them with fines of £ 200 each.
Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters were seen chased through Westminster this afternoon before being pinned to the ground, handcuffed and warned that they would be fined if they did not return home.
Mr. Marsh said, “We're going to take this type of anti-vaccine protest much harder from now on because it's not only disinformation, it's illegal.
"There will now be a lot more policing around these groups and far more robust measures will be taken and arrests will be made."
Despite the increasing number of police officers taking time off due to Covid-related issues, 200 Met police officers are being drafted to drive London ambulances as ambulance services are scarce.
Mr. Marsh added, “Our numbers are now over 3,000 sick – I mentioned it was 1,300 just ten days ago, so it shows how fast the numbers are growing.
“In fact, it's scary that the numbers are growing at this rate. There are 32,112 officers in the Met – so more than ten percent are either sick with Covid or have to isolate themselves because of it.
& # 39; But now we will also provide 200 drivers for the London Ambulance Service.
“We need to take on these roles on top of daily policing, and while we would never turn a blind eye to crime, we will have limited resources. All of this goes beyond duty and puts an enormous burden on my colleagues. & # 39;
Council Covid regulators were also in place across the country today when authorities promised to fined at least £ 200 on the spot for no “good reason” on the spot. The West Midlands Police have requested permission to force entry into homes to separate parties.
Scotland Yard police officers were filmed today chasing protesters across Parliament Square before being handcuffed when officials said they had gathered illegally: "I will fine you if you do not return home. " 21 people were arrested and are being held. You have not yet been punished.
People were pinned and handcuffed to the ground – including on the pedestals of famous statues, including that of Mahatma Gandhi – before being placed in vans after refusing to leave Westminster.
About two miles away, Met officials arrested seven supporters of Julian Assange when he was denied bail on Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning, including 92-year-old Eric Levy and several other retirees. The demonstrators shouted "fascists" at the police and took them away.
A Met spokesperson said: "Seven people were arrested for violating coronavirus regulations. They were later reported for a fixed sentence and asked to leave the area. & # 39;
The Met's hard line came when England's new lockdown laws were released and it was announced that they would be enforced by Easter March 31st – not mid-February as Boris Johnson had promised if the vaccine roll out is successful.
Scotland Yard says anyone attending unlicensed musical events or large illegal parties will now also be fined – not just the organizers of such events – and anyone who "wears masks where they should be and for no good reason." can count – without justification ".
Meanwhile, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has urged the government to grant entry to officials to "make it easier to enforce the new regulations" if there is an illegal party.
Fixed charges of £ 200 will be issued for each first offense. This doubling applies to further offenses up to a maximum of £ 6,400. Those who hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of more than 30 people risk being fined £ 10,000 by the police.
A bearded man in a hat, tracksuit and Batman scarf is handcuffed during an anti-lockdown protest in Parliament Square
Julian Assange supporters were also removed after police ignored repeated warnings not to assemble
The Met had also said it would act if there was a protest in Parliament Square and properly dispatched officials to break it up
Elsewhere, the police have apologized for the behavior of an officer who "was a little keen" to hand out leaflets and ask the drivers, "Why are you here?" as part of a crackdown on travel while in lockdown.
Residents of upscale Maidenhead, Berks., Were outraged that their uniformed cops who distributed the leaflets were questioning their shopping and exercise trips.
The leaflet says: “Due to government restrictions, we must avoid ALL UNNECESSARY TRAVEL.
“You shouldn't exercise more than once a day. This should be done by walking, running or cycling etc. from your home address. You shouldn't be driving to a location outside of your home to do this.
"Please refrain from unnecessary travel until restrictions have been lifted."
However, Thames Valley Police chiefs said the leaflets should not be distributed by officials stopping all traffic on a bridge in the area.
Rosalind Bieber, who shared a picture of one of the leaflets online, said, “I was trapped in a large line from the police station roundabout to the Berkeley site at 9:30 this morning.
“Two police officers stopped every single car and asked where we were going. I was given this booklet as shown below and was told I cannot shop at Tesco in Taplow as I live in Maidenhead. They're going to be fined starting tomorrow so be aware folks. & # 39;
Ms. Bieber added, “If Tesco is my regular grocery store, why should I be asked to go to another supermarket?
“I'm traveling two miles from one SL6 zip code to another SL6 zip code. I don't like Sainsbury's so I won't go there. Not my fault Tesco is two miles away, the one in Maidenhead that closed three months ago! Instead, the police should take action against those who travel on non-essential trips! & # 39;
More than 100 mourners who attended the funeral of a friend who had died of Covid-19 were sent home by police from a cemetery for violating coronavirus gathering rules.
The mourners arrived at the crematorium and cemetery in Slough, Berks, to pay their final respects to someone buried during a funeral after dying from the pandemic virus.
The officers had to send the grieving people away and point out that the regulations did not allow more than 30 people to gather for funerals. The Slough Crematorium was the site of Princess Margaret's funeral many years ago.
A Slough Borough Council spokesman said: “We are warning residents that if lockdown rules are violated after an incident occurs today, police will be called to the cemetery and crematorium.
Police were called to Stoke Road premises, owned and operated by the council, after more than 100 people appeared for a funeral. This clearly violated the blocking regulations, according to which only 30 people must be present and socially distant.
"It is the first time since the beginning of the crisis that the police have been called to the cemetery for violating the Covid regulations."
Boris Johnson's new legislation means that unless the public has a “reasonable excuse,” the public must stay home, travel for critical work and daily exercise, and cannot meet with more than one person outside their household, when the tedious new third lock begins.
The regulations underlying the drastic lockdown curbs came into effect in England after the Prime Minister said he had no choice due to the rampant mutant tribe.
A person in a mobility scooter passes a sign saying "Thank You NHS Staff" by the sea on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset
People wearing face masks or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic sit and talk on a bench in York. The rules say that until April only two people from different households can meet
A man walks down a deserted Sherlock Street in Birmingham city center during new national lockdowns
Empty streets in Leeds, West Yorkshiure, on the second day of the national lockdown
The tube was largely deserted this morning in central London as well, as millions were ordered to stay home
A couple trudge through the snow at Biggin Hill Kent this morning as people enjoy their daily exercise
Regulations to enforce a national lockdown in England went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday as new figures indicated that one in 50 people suffered from coronavirus last week.
Data from the Office of National Statistics suggests that 1.1 million people in private households in England had Covid-19 between December 27 and January 2.
Police State of Great Britain: The detective inspector calls for a change in the law so that officers can force people to enter homes suspected of violating the rules
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said he had urged the government to permit officials to "make it easier to enforce" the new rules.
A police force would like the authorities to force access to the homes of alleged violations of the Covid rules.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has called on the government to authorize officials to "help enforce the new rules".
Mr Jamieson said: “For the small minority of people who refuse entry to police officers and who hinder their work, entry appears to be a useful tool.
"I have already raised this issue with the police minister, and clarity about the entry permit would help police officers to more easily enforce the new Covid regulations."
Before Christmas, Mr Jamieson said officials would cancel family celebrations if they breached lockdown rules during the holiday season. The police chief also warned of Hanukkah and Diwali celebrations.
But his troubled troops came under fire earlier this week Advertise a new Director of "Fairness and Belonging" worth £ 74,000 a year to "oversee an improved inclusive culture throughout the workplace".
UK chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said people should take the rules of being at home seriously when he warned the country was facing a "really serious emergency".
His comments came when the number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK topped 60,000 for the first time, while another 830 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
However, in a sign of progress, the Prime Minister said that more than 1.3 million people across the UK have been vaccinated against the virus to date, including 23% of all England over 80s.
Prof. Whitty said at a press conference on Tuesday evening on Downing Street with Mr Johnson that the vaccination schedule was "realistic but not easy" and that the NHS had to use "multiple channels" to get it out.
Questions were raised during the rollout, however, and a pharmacy manager asked why the NHS "crawled around" for vaccines when its industry offered help.
Simon Dukes, chairman of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee, told The Telegraph, “Instead of looking around to find retired general practitioners and nurses and anyone who may have skills, you have an army of thousands of pharmacists up and down the country, each one Winter administered the flu shot.
“We told the NHS that we were ready, ready and desperate to help. But we were actually met by a silence. & # 39;
Meanwhile, The Times reported that two million doses of the Pfizer vaccines held back for boosters would be distributed over the next 14 days.
Police chiefs have warned that enforcing the third national lockdown will add to the burden on officers, who have already increased in number due to the pandemic.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said tight restrictions will "put a lot of pressure" on police officers in London.
Mr Marsh announced that around 1,300 Scotland Yard officers in the capital were ill or self-isolating.
Meanwhile, John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said some armed forces in England had deployed up to 15 percent of the staff.
When asked how enforcing bans would affect officers, Mr. Marsh said, “There is obviously going to be a lot of pressure on us as we have a lot more officers free this time than we did in March.
& # 39; Our numbers have skyrocketed in terms of officers with covid and isolating officers and we expect that to get worse.
"So the pressure is on my colleagues who are still out there to maintain the level they were before."
On Monday evening, Boris Johnson announced a seven-week lockdown to contain the surge in coronavirus triggered by a highly transmissible new variant of the disease.
A deserted Regent Street in London yesterday when millions more worked from home and schools were closed for seven weeks
Police officers chat with members of the public on patrol in the Barton Hill area
A fine group of 11 hikers who broke Covid rules to drive more than 150 miles from London to the Peak District after one of them had his car crashed
A group of 11 hikers who drove more than 150 miles from London to the Peak District were fined for violating coronavirus rules after one of them had his car crashed. Pictured: the car
A group of 11 hikers who drove more than 150 miles from London to the Peak District were fined for violating coronavirus rules after one of them had his car crashed.
The men had traveled in three vehicles from Harrow, north London, on Monday before Boris Johnson announced a third nationwide lockdown on England, which went into effect today.
They were caught violating Covid-19 laws by police near Bamford, Derbyshire, after a driver turned his car on the A6013 after a day in the country.
The men who made the three-hour journey home were fined £ 200 each for travel between Tier 4 areas.
Derbyshire Police also seized one of the three vehicles because it was not insured and sent its owner home on a train.
At the time, London was subject to England's highest Tier 4 restrictions, prohibiting people from making non-essential travel out of the city.
England will be returning from a tiered system of restrictions with the country taking different measures.
Mr Apter warned that blanket restrictions should be clearly stated, which means officials would be less lenient with those who are indulgent.
"People should expect to see more enforcement as a result, because this time around, there really is no excuse for not knowing the rules," he said.
He added, “The majority of the public will do what is expected of them, but I think there is a real problem with virus and lockdown fatigue.
"There's a real frustration and the police often deal with the sharp end of it as people get angry when challenged."
Those who hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of more than 30 people risk being fined £ 10,000 by the police.
The Prime Minister ended his gloomy televised address with a glimmer of hope and heralded the "largest vaccination rollout in our history".
Ministers hope that by mid-February all nursing home residents, the extremely vulnerable, those over 75 and frontline health workers will have received the sting.
The police are also urging officials to get the vaccine.
Mr Marsh claimed, “It seems that policing has been pulled out of any conversation about protecting my coworkers, which I find pretty incredible considering they are on the front lines.
“You're the one group of people other than the National Health Service who actually go to work and have to be with the public 24 hours a day, every day.
"It's just amazing that the police didn't even consider vaccinating."
Mr Apter has also called for officials to be prioritized after the most vulnerable groups in society and NHS workers receive the sting.
He wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Without the vaccine, there is a real risk that more officials will become infected with the virus.
“As more and more people isolate themselves or call in sick with the virus, the police force is starting to struggle to do what the public fully expects of them.
Some armed forces already report up to percent of their officers as sick or self-isolating. It's getting worse and worse and it's just not sustainable. & # 39;
Mr Apter, whose organization represents 130,000 civil servants, said "the last thing the public wants is to call 999 in their hour of need only to find that we have too few civil servants to answer".
A Home Office spokesman said: “It is wrong to say that the police do not have the resources they need. Absence rates remain low nationally, and we have been assisting police throughout the pandemic, including providing an additional £ 30 million in October to help enforce coronavirus regulations.
"The police will continue to get involved, explain, encourage, and ultimately enforce where necessary to save lives."
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