Priti Patel today assisted police in confronting people on park benches, stopping cars to check that all passengers are from the same household, and knocking on doors looking for parties, while officials promised to punish anyone who did Violate Boris Johnson’s lockdown laws.
The Home Secretary spoke out after Scotland Yard announced officials would question citizens why they were not locked in their homes after four friends were fined £ 800 for driving the same car to McDonald’s in Northamptonshire.
And yesterday in Maidenhead, Berkshire, police stopped the drivers outside Tesco and handed them leaflets asking, “Why are you here?” in a clampdown on non-essential travel – though grocery shopping is allowed.
Ms. Patel says the police should stop people who are outside to ask them why they are not home and explain to them that they shouldn’t necessarily be outside unless there is an important reason People sit on park benches. In the past two weeks, more than 800 fines have been imposed for “outrageous” coronavirus rule violations, she said.
The hard line came despite Tory MPs voicing their anger at the brutal restrictions on civil liberties, calling them “pettifogging and malicious”. During a tense debate last night, a number of Conservatives said they would not support “criminalizing” people trying to sit with a fishing rod in a park or by a lake.
Ms. Patel told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “The police did this [approached people on benches]Let’s be very clear. During this coronavirus pandemic, during the last lockdown, police asked individuals why they were out and if they should be out when the news was to stay home.
Ms. Patel refused to speculate on whether restrictions would be relaxed before March 31, as Boris Johnson tacitly extended his third national lockdown and Tory’s calls for “malicious” rules to be relaxed after his initial review on March 15 February went back.
“I would like to say, of course we would like to see and say that, but that is not for us to speculate,” Ms. Patel told LBC. “We all just have to get rid of this virus, we have to reduce the R-factor … it’s a wretched, wretched disease, it really is. Right now, the government and NHS focus is on getting the stab in the arms of the people. ‘
According to the Met, anyone who does not wear masks in public buildings or who is outside for no suitable reason receives a fixed sentence without warning. Anyone unable to come up with a lawful apology will be fined up to £ 6,400 and those caught in the required areas without a face covering will also be beaten with a £ 200 or more criminal complaint on the spot.
According to the blocking rules, two people from different households can meet in public and go for a walk. Large gatherings are forbidden and illegal as everyone needs a “good reason” not to be home.
A West Midlands police officer was even stopped by his own colleagues and asked where he was going. Some critics asked if Birmingham became East Germany by the 1970s, and National Police Chiefs Council chairman Martin Hewitt said enforcement of Covid restrictions “depleted” police resources to the limit.
When the police promised a zero tolerance approach, it also appeared today:
- The police enforcing the new Covid lockdown laws will punish people if they are first caught, if they are not wearing face coverings or are outside for no appropriate reason.
- The approval of Covid vaccine batches is to be accelerated drastically in an enormous push for the stab campaign. Amid growing concerns over the slow pace of rollout, sources said testing would be cut from as little as 20 days to just four days.
- The round-the-clock vaccinations are set to be canceled, however, as the NHS currently has no plans to hand out shocks on Sundays despite desperate needs.
- London’s hospitals will be overwhelmed by Covid-19 in less than two weeks, even at best, an official briefing warns.
- Schools are now planning to hold their own mock exams after Gavin Williamson failed to explain how staff can accurately assess GCSE and A-level students as teachers almost unanimously called for the education secretary to resign. This was announced today.
Thames Valley Police have apologized for the behavior of an officer who “was a little bit keen” to hand out leaflets outside a Tesco in Maidenhead asking drivers, “Why are you here today?”
Priti Patel said police should confront people on benches in the park if they are suspected of breaking the rules when two women met in York on the first full day of lockdown yesterday
Hyde Park in London was busy yesterday and officials came up to them to check their business
Ms. Patel (pictured today) says police should stop people who are outside to ask them why they are not home and explain to them that they shouldn’t necessarily be outside unless so was for important reasons.
The audience was perplexed that the Minister of the Interior was of the opinion that the police approaching people on park benches was the right thing to do
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
Four people caught in the same car on their way to McDonald’s breakfast have been 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 were forced to chase protesters around Parliament Square after many refused to disperse this afternoon
Police officers arrested a 92-year-old man yesterday in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London 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
Priti Patel is refusing to rule out a general ban on non-essential travel to and from the UK as ministers are warned that in some countries it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a Covid test before arrival
Priti Patel today refused to rule out a general ban on unnecessary travel to and from the UK as ministers seek to tighten border controls.
When asked about the idea, the Interior Minister said the government was reviewing “measures at the border” and that further announcements would be made in the coming days.
Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this week that a requirement must be put in place that arrivals test negative amid concerns about the spread of new variants around the world.
However, it is not expected that the system – likely this means people will have to test negative within 72 hours of departure – will not be presented until the end of the week or even later, with the implementation date unclear. Experts have warned that there are serious practical problems with the ability to get short term access to a reliable test in countries like Barbados ‘zero’.
Ms Patel suggested that the measures could go further as she was pressured this morning during a round of interviews.
‘Further measures will take place. The government is reviewing measures at the border … you will soon hear some of the changes the government is going to propose. ‘
When asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today program whether there would be a ban on non-essential travel, Ms. Patel said the British were already being advised to stay at home and only travel abroad according to “strict rules”.
She urged again whether people can no longer come and go through airports and said: “Our measures have always been checked when it comes to health measures at the border and also restricted measures for international travel.”
National Police Chiefs Council Chairman Martin Hewitt pounded home how police will enforce lockdown rules.
He told the Telegraph: “The armed forces will continue to crack down on this very small minority who openly and selfishly violate the rules, such as those who organize unlicensed musical events or parties.
“This behavior puts others at serious risk, and it is right that we patrol potential hotspots and that officials are curious when they see something out of the ordinary.
“This will both provide security for the public and deter those who believe the measures do not apply to them.”
When asked at the BBC breakfast whether there are enough resources for the new approach, Mr. Hewitt said, “Of course that stretched us, there are no two options (above), we’ve been around for 10 months.
“In addition, the police also take on all normal police duties to ensure people’s safety. So there is no doubt that this has depleted the resources and of course our people are as tired as everyone is tired.
“That was really difficult and I don’t make any bones about it.”
Mr. Hewitt said police resources are not “unlimited” and officers continue to prioritize their work, adding that it is “really, very important” that people follow government orders.
His stern words followed a day the Met arrested 21 protesters at an anti-lockdown rally in Parliament Square, while another seven were bailed out from a march in front of Julian Assange’s trial and fined up to £ 6,400 .
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 penalty 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 allowed to form one), to informally care for children under the age of 14 under a child care bubble (e.g. to To enable parents to work) 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 your home for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. To contact a veterinary service for advice or treatment
- Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave your 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 residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum.
In Northampton, a group of friends were stopped at 5 a.m. and fined £ 800 for sitting in the same car even though they came from different households – a violation of the rules that came 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 in Maidenhead as part of an anti-travel action.
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 the new measures: “If you have a medical reason not to wear a mask, you must now print out a clarification stating that you have an exception.
“This is a problem we had all along 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 it when they do.
“What I actually asked for is a badge that someone must first apply for and then wear to show that they have the proper medical exemption.
“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.
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.’
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 yesterday 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’s breakfast – even though the fast food restaurant didn’t open for two hours.
Investigations confirmed that 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 chased through Westminster before being pinned to the ground, handcuffed and warned that if they did not return home they would be fined.
Mr. Marsh said, “We’re going to take this type of anti-vaccine protest a lot harder from now on because it’s not only disinformation but it’s also illegal.
“There will be a lot more policing around these groups now, and far more robust measures 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.
‘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 strain on my colleagues. ‘
The brutal restrictions in England were retroactively stamped by MPs last night, despite 12 Conservative MPs voting against the home stay rules. They were joined by four DUP MPs who opposed the regulations.
Former Tory Secretary Sir Desmond Swayne described bans as a “total failure” while Sir Robert Syms said the measures, which are in place through March 31, are “essentially a three-month blank check for Public Health England to order to do what they want “.
Sir Robert told the Commons, “I notice that regulations have been put in place so that if you are sitting on a river with a fishing rod, you are breaking the law under lockdown regulations.
“People will follow reasonable rules (if) they feel this will save lives, but the bureaucratic nature of this substantial lockdown is such, in my opinion, that people get frustrated and may actually break the rules for not understanding may be why they are doing this there. ‘
Another elderly Tory, Sir Charles Walker, said: “I cannot support criminalizing a parent for seeing a child in the park in the coming months. It is not in my DNA to do this.
“Of course I will obey the law and respect the law. You have the argument in the House of Commons, you split, you are on the winning side or the losing side and I’ll be on the losing side – there is no doubt about that. ‘
Sir Charles said it was “easy” for him and most of the people in this house to obey the law, stating, “We’re comfortable away, we live in beautiful houses, we have gardens, we have outdoor spaces, we have access to the family.
The council’s Covid guards were also in effect across the country when authorities vowed to punish at least £ 200 on-site for no “good reason”. The West Midlands Police have requested permission to force entry into homes to separate parties.
Scotland Yard police officers were filmed chasing protesters across Parliament Square before they were handcuffed when officials heard them gathering illegally: “I’ll fine you if you don’t 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.
The drug and health regulator in charge of controls is also expected to increase staff to speed up the mass vaccination program
A person in a mobility scooter passes a sign saying “Thank You NHS Staff” by the sea on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset
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
About two miles away, Met officials arrested seven supporters of Julian Assange when he was denied bail in Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning, including 92-year-old Eric Levy and several other retirees. The demonstrators shouted “fascists” at the police, who took them away.
Police State of Great Britain: The detective calls for a change in the law so that officers can force entry into houses suspected of violating the rules
Der für Polizei und Kriminalität zuständige Kommissar von West Midlands, David Jamieson, sagte, er habe die Regierung aufgefordert, den Beamten die Einreisebefugnis zu erteilen, um “die neuen Vorschriften leichter durchzusetzen”.
Eine Polizei möchte, dass die Befugnisse den Zutritt zu den Häusern mutmaßlicher Verstöße gegen die Covid-Regeln erzwingen.
Der für Polizei und Kriminalität zuständige Kommissar von West Midlands, David Jamieson, hat die Regierung aufgefordert, den Beamten die Einreisebefugnis zu erteilen, um “die neuen Vorschriften leichter durchzusetzen”.
Herr Jamieson sagte: „Für die kleine Minderheit von Menschen, die Polizeibeamten die Einreise verweigern und ihre Arbeit behindern, scheint die Einreisebefugnis ein nützliches Instrument zu sein.
“Ich habe dieses Problem bereits beim Polizeiminister angesprochen, und Klarheit über die Einreisebefugnis würde den Polizeibeamten helfen, die neuen Covid-Vorschriften leichter durchzusetzen.”
Vor Weihnachten sagte Herr Jamieson, dass Beamte Familienfeiern abbrechen würden, wenn sie während der Festtage gegen die Sperrregeln verstoßen würden. Der Polizeichef warnte auch vor Chanukka- und Diwali-Feiern.
Aber seine in Geldnot geratene Truppe geriet Anfang dieser Woche unter Beschuss Werbung für einen neuen Direktor für „Fairness und Zugehörigkeit“ im Wert von 74.000 GBP pro Jahr, um „eine verbesserte integrative Kultur am gesamten Arbeitsplatz zu überwachen“.
Ein Sprecher von Met sagte: „Sieben Personen wurden wegen Verstoßes gegen die Coronavirus-Vorschriften festgenommen. Sie wurden später zur Prüfung einer festen Strafe gemeldet und aufgefordert, das Gebiet zu verlassen. ‘
Die harte Linie der Met kam, als Englands neue Sperrgesetze veröffentlicht wurden und bekannt wurde, dass sie bis Ostern am 31. März durchgesetzt werden – nicht Mitte Februar, wie Boris Johnson versprochen hatte, wenn die Einführung des Impfstoffs erfolgreich ist.
Laut Scotland Yard wird jeder, der an nicht lizenzierten Musikveranstaltungen oder großen illegalen Partys teilnimmt, jetzt ebenfalls mit einer Geldstrafe belegt – nicht nur die Organisatoren solcher Veranstaltungen – und jeder, der “Masken trägt, wo er sein sollte und ohne guten Grund damit rechnen kann, mit einer Geldstrafe belegt zu werden – nicht mit”.
In der Zwischenzeit forderte der Polizei- und Verbrechenskommissar von West Midlands, David Jamieson, die Regierung auf, den Beamten die Einreisebefugnis zu gewähren, um “die neuen Vorschriften leichter durchzusetzen”, wenn es eine illegale Partei gibt.
Für jede erste Straftat werden feste Strafanzeigen in Höhe von 200 GBP ausgestellt. Diese Verdoppelung gilt für weitere Straftaten bis zu einem Höchstbetrag von 6.400 GBP. Diejenigen, die eine illegale Versammlung von mehr als 30 Personen abhalten oder daran beteiligt sind, riskieren eine von der Polizei verhängte Geldstrafe von £ 10.000.
An anderer Stelle hat sich die Polizei für das Verhalten eines Beamten entschuldigt, der “ein bisschen scharf darauf war”, Flugblätter zu verteilen und die Fahrer zu fragen: “Warum sind Sie hier?” als Teil eines Vorgehens gegen das Reisen während der Sperrung.
Die Bewohner des gehobenen Maidenhead, Berks., Waren empört, als ihre uniformierten Polizisten, die die Flugblätter verteilten, ihre Einkäufe und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten herausforderten.
In der Packungsbeilage heißt es: „Aufgrund staatlicher Beschränkungen müssen wir ALLE NICHT NOTWENDIGEN REISEN vermeiden.
„Du solltest nicht mehr als einmal täglich trainieren. Dies sollte durch Gehen, Laufen oder Radfahren usw. von Ihrer Heimatadresse aus geschehen. Sie sollten nicht zu einem Ort außerhalb Ihres Hauses fahren, um dies durchzuführen.
“Bitte unterlassen Sie unnötige Reisen, bis die Beschränkungen aufgehoben wurden.”
Die Chefs der Thames Valley Police sagten jedoch, dass die Flugblätter nicht von Beamten verteilt werden sollten, die den gesamten Verkehr auf einer Brücke in der Gegend stoppten.
Rosalind Bieber, die ein Bild von einem der Flugblätter online geteilt hat, sagte: „Ich bin heute Morgen um 9.30 Uhr in einer großen Schlange vom Kreisverkehr der Polizeistation zum Standort Berkeley gefangen.
Es gab zwei Polizisten, die jedes einzelne Auto anhielten und fragten, wohin wir wollten. Mir wurde diese Broschüre wie unten gezeigt ausgehändigt und mir wurde gesagt, dass ich nicht im Tesco in Taplow einkaufen kann, da ich in Maidenhead wohne. Sie werden ab morgen Geldstrafen verhängen, seien Sie sich also bewusst, Leute. ‘
Frau Bieber fügte hinzu: „Wenn Tesco mein regulärer Lebensmittelladen ist, warum sollte ich dann aufgefordert werden, in einem anderen Supermarkt einzukaufen?
„Ich reise zwei Meilen von einer SL6-Postleitzahl zu einer anderen SL6-Postleitzahl. Ich mag Sainsbury’s nicht, also werde ich nicht dorthin gehen. Nicht meine Schuld, dass Tesco zwei Meilen entfernt ist, der in Maidenhead wurde vor drei Monaten geschlossen! Stattdessen sollte die Polizei gegen diejenigen vorgehen, die auf nicht wesentlichen Reisen reisen! ‘
Mehr als 100 Trauernde, die an der Beerdigung eines an Covid-19 verstorbenen Freundes teilnahmen, wurden von der Polizei von einem Friedhof nach Hause geschickt, weil sie gegen die Coronavirus-Regeln für Versammlungen verstoßen hatten.
Die Trauernden kamen im Krematorium und auf dem Friedhof in Slough, Berks, an, um jemandem, der während einer Beerdigung begraben wurde, nachdem er an dem Pandemievirus gestorben war, den letzten Respekt zu erweisen.
Die Beamten mussten die trauernden Menschen wegschicken und darauf hinweisen, dass sich nach den Vorschriften nicht mehr als 30 Menschen zu Beerdigungen versammeln durften. Das Krematorium Slough war vor vielen Jahren Schauplatz der Beerdigung von Prinzessin Margaret.
Ein Sprecher des Slough Borough Council sagte: „Wir warnen die Bewohner, dass die Polizei auf den Friedhof und das Krematorium gerufen wird, wenn nach einem früheren Vorfall gegen die Sperrbestimmungen verstoßen wird.
‘Police were called to the Stoke Road site, owned and operated by the council, after more than 100 people turned up for a burial, in clear breach of the lockdown regulations which require there to be only 30 people in attendance and socially distanced.
‘It is the first time police have been called to the cemetery because of a breach of the Covid regulations since the crisis began.’