Coronavirus lockdown police told they can use force on CHILDREN if they’re caught flouting social distancing rules – The Sun

POLICE will be able to use force on children to remove them from the streets if they are caught flouting new rules during the coronavirus lockdown.

Guidance from the College of Policing says 'reasonable force' can be used if a child is suspected to be 'outside of their premises without reasonable excuse'.

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Officers can also fine parents £60 for failing to stop a child going out without a good reason – such as one piece of daily exercise or shopping for essential food.

The guidance states officers can physically remove a youth from the streets if they refuse to go home.

However, the new advice states this should only be used as a last resort.

It reads: "Use your judgment and common sense – the police will apply the law in a system that is flexible, discretionary and pragmatic.

"If you believe anyone is outside of their premises without reasonable excuse, including a child, you can use reasonable force in the exercise of the power."

It comes after one of Britain's top police officers warned colleagues that 'overzealous' enforcement during the national lockdown could see a backlash from the public.

Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu cops must keep “the trust and confidence of the public” while “policing by consent”.

The head of counter-terror policing added “not every police response will be sure-footed”, but added: “Everyone in policing is acutely aware that how we police this pandemic will be remembered for many years to come.”

Last weekend shocking pictures showed dozens of people clustering in parks and beaches despite the plea for social distancing.

And as police have stepped up their efforts to stop people ignoring the new severe rules, some were fined for buying "non essential" items from shops, or stopped for cycling in a park.

Derbyshire Police defended sharing footage of people rambling in the Curbar Edge area of the Peak District, saying travelling to remote areas for exercise did not count as "essential travel".

Lockdown measures announced by Boris Johnson mean people should only leave their homes if they are travelling to work as a key worker, getting vital food supplies, a daily dose of exercise or ensuring the welfare of relatives.

But civil liberties group Big Brother Watch branded the force's move as "sinister" and "counter-productive".


Avon and Somerset Police and colleagues in North Yorkshire have run high-profile operations asking drivers why they are out on the roads.

Officers were seen pulling over vehicles in Bristol city centre last week as the streets are cleared of all but essential workers.

And some enthusiastic cops raided a Liverpool comedy club after mistaking an old show they were streaming to be a live event.

South Wales Police and Devon and Cornwall Police were among other forces patrolling green areas and beauty hotspots to encourage people to return home.

And some corner shops have said they were told not to sell Easter eggs of hot cross buns as they don't count as "essential".

Cops have been handed new powers to fine Brits up to £1,000 for breaking rules by being outside their homes.

The Home Office said people who continue to flout tougher restrictions on movement will be breaking the law and could be arrested by police.

KEEP THE PUBLIC SAFE

Those who ignore the rules could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence, with the penalty doubling for additional breaches.

Officers in England were given the power to enforce rules on staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel as of 1pm on Thursday.

They can order members of the public to go home, leave an area, and have the power to disperse a group, using "reasonable force, if necessary".

Police can also take steps to make sure parents are stopping their children from breaking the rules.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the powers were designed to "protect the public and keep people safe".

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Meanwhile, the coronavirus crisis has seen supermarkets accused of banning parents from bringing in their children as they impose social distancing rules.

Some supermarkets have introduced screens around checkouts to protect workers, plus they’re limiting key items so everyone can have access to goods.

Tesco has limited the overall number of items in online orders to 80.


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Police 'in absolute shock' after finding huge party despite lockdown

Police are ‘in absolute shock’ after finding 25 adults and children at house party despite virus lockdown rules as Twitter users are more baffled by the 1970s-style buffet they were enjoying

  • Derbyshire Police shut down ‘massive party’ of 25 at an unknown location
  • Officers published images of enormous 1970s-style buffet and karaoke system
  • Twitter users were more baffled with the old-fashioned and eclectic food mix
  • Derbyshire Police dyed the ‘blue lagoon’ to deter Peak District walkers
  • It comes as chiefs encourage Britons to snitch on suspected rule-breakers 
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Police have been left in ‘absolute shock’ after shutting down a massive 25-person house party which flouted strict coronavirus lockdown rules. 

Derbyshire Police published images of an enormous buffet and karaoke system held indoors at an unknown address early this morning. 

The group of 25, which is understood to have included a mix of adults and children, was ‘dispersed and hosts dealt with’, officers said.

‘It is clear people are still having completing disregard for the Government advice and rules,’ a statement to Twitter added. 

Twitter users, however, are more baffled by the eclectic 1970s-style buffet the alleged lockdown rule-breakers were enjoying. 

MailOnline has contacted Derbyshire Police for more information. 

Derbyshire Police published images of an enormous 1970s-style buffet (pictured) and karaoke system held indoors at an unknown address early this morning

The group of 25, which is understood to have included a mix of adults and children, was ‘dispersed and hosts dealt with’, officers said (pictured, karaoke system)

Derbyshire Police broke up a massive house party at an unspecified location

The extraordinary scene comes as the force is facing charges of ‘overzealousness’ from ex-MPs, lawyers, and human rights groups.

Officers from Derbyshire Police are accused of muscle-flexing since the Coronavirus Act last week greatly extended their powers of enforcement.

Yesterday, officers poured black dye into a crystal blue lagoon in the Peak District to deter people from making ‘non-essential trips’. 

In a Facebook post Buxton safer neighbourhood policing team said: ‘No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once) in Buxton. However, the location is dangerous and this type of gathering is in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government.

‘With this in mind, we have attended the location this morning and used water dye to make the water look less appealing.’

Local resident Alex John Desmond wrote on Facebook: ‘This is a joke, the way this force is acting is not representative of policing by consent which is the way the UK is meant to be governed. You should be ashamed of yourselves. 

‘You have taken something beautiful and damaged it.’

He added that the force was promoting a culture of ‘shaming’ individuals, claiming that he was shouted down on his first trip out since lockdown began.

Officers have been given powers to arrest people who are out of their homes on ‘non-essential’ journeys, with a three-strike fine policy which starts at £60 for a first offence, rises to £120 for the second and reaches £1,000.

Derbyshire Police previously tracked dog walkers, ramblers, and a group posing for Instagram pictures on a cliff top at sunset on Thursday night. 

Rights groups have slammed their behaviour, with Big Brother Watch branding their tactics as ‘sinister, let along counter-productive’.

Meanwhile, chiefs have encouraged Britons to snitch on neighbours suspected of flouting lockdown rules, with Hampshire, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and Avon and Somerset creating hotlines and portals for tip-offs.

People can fill out an online form specifying the nature of the alleged infraction.

Derbyshire Police dyeing the ‘blue lagoon’ in Harpur Hill, Buxton black, as gatherings there are ‘dangerous’ and are ‘in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government’

Derbyshire Police dyeing the ‘blue lagoon’ in Harpur Hill, Buxton black, as gatherings there are ‘dangerous’ and are ‘in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government’

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People who cough at police or NHS staff could face a year in jail, cops warn


PEOPLE who cough at police or NHS staff could face a year in jail, cops have warned.

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced they would prosecute anyone who coughs on or at emergency service staff during the coronavirus crisis.

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Doing so against emergency workers would be punishable by up to a year in prison, while coughs directed as a threat towards other key workers or members of the public could be charged as common assault.

Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: “Emergency workers are more essential than ever as society comes together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am therefore appalled by reports of police officers and other frontline workers being deliberately coughed at by people claiming to have Covid-19.

“Let me be very clear: this is a crime and needs to stop. The CPS stands behind emergency and essential workers and will not hesitate to prosecute anybody who threatens them as they go about their vital duties.”

The warning comes after Darren Rafferty, 45, admitted on Wednesday to deliberately coughing at Metropolitan Police officers before claiming he was suffering from coronavirus.

He also admitted causing grievous bodily harm to his former partner and three counts of assault on an emergency worker and now faces sentencing next month.



It comes as police began have using checkpoints to stop vehicles and ask drivers if their journey is essential during the coronavirus lockdown.

Cops across the UK have been asking drivers today where they are going and why they are going there.

Road blocks have been set up today in Plymouth, Devon and in Cornwall, with 150 cars checked in Penzance, Hayle and St Ives.

Other areas have come up with their own approach to stopping crowds, with police in Manchester reportedly using sirens and a loud hailer while officers in Derbyshire have been using drones.

Meanwhile police were today handed new powers to fine Brits up to £1000 for breaking rules for being outside their homes.

Officers will aim to slow the spread of by asking people to go indoors and will be authorised to use force if they refuse.

The base rate for the fine is £60, which is then reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Several of the same offences will see the charges soar, with Brits hit with a £960 fine for not doing their bit.

Those who keep disobeying can be arrested and locked up.

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