Man wrongly convicted under coronavirus law, Met police admit – The Guardian

‘A 21-year-old man has been wrongly convicted under coronavirus laws, the Metropolitan police have admitted, as concerns grow over the use of emergency powers.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2020

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Government changes how outdoor exercise guidance applies to people with specific health needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has changed its leaving home guidance to permit people with specific health needs to exercise outside more than once a day and to travel to do so where necessary, following the threat of a judicial review challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Public reassured over lockdown policing rules – BBC News

‘Downing Street says people can buy whatever they want from shops that remain open amid concerns some police are overstepping lockdown powers.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2020

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Leviathan unshackled? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The response to the Covid-19 pandemic by governments across the world has thrown into sharp relief the fact that at a time of crisis the institutions and functions of Nation States are still the key structures responsible for the most basic duty of protecting their citizens’ lives. In the United Kingdom, the recent weeks have seen interventions by the Government in the economy and in the freedom of movement that are commonly seen as unparalleled in the post 1945 era.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Walsall dad fined for son flouting lockdown – BBC News

‘A father has been fined by police after his son persistently flouted the coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2020

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Lockdown: A Response to Professor King — Robert Craig – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This post analyses the legal provisions that accompany some of the restrictions on movement of individuals announced by the Government. The movement restrictions themselves are vital to the protection of life in the current crisis and must be adhered to by all persons. The current Government guidance setting out these and other restrictions can be found here. Legal scrutiny of the associated regulations is warranted but should not be taken to question the undeniable imperative to follow that guidance.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th April 2020

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Criminal Powers in response to Covid-19 – stay indoors instructions – 5 SAH

‘On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister instructed everyone to remain in their homes in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The overwhelming majority of individuals and businesses have taken steps to comply with that instruction. However, concerns remained about the large number of people continuing to use London Underground, groups of people congregating in public places and a small number of people steadfastly refusing to comply. From the off, law enforcement officials were asking to be furnished with powers to enforce compliance.’

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5 SAH, 30th March 2020

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Coronavirus: Man jailed for coughing on police officer – BBC News

‘A man who coughed on a police officer and claimed to have coronavirus has been jailed for six months.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

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Coronavirus: Man jailed after hospital visit social media boast – BBC News

‘A man who boasted on social media of visiting a hospital without a medical reason has been jailed for 12 weeks.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

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Council and police shut pub that held lock in during lockdown – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, health, licensed premises, news by sally

‘Ashfield District Council has used its powers working with Nottinghamshire Police to shut a pub under new rules introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak, after the licence holder held a lock in at her pub.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd April 2020

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Coronavirus: Woman ‘wrongly charged under new law’ – BBC News

‘British Transport Police has admitted wrongly charging a woman who was fined £660 under coronavirus legislation.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2020

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Papa Don’t Breach: Parental Liability under the Coronavirus Regulations – The 36 Group

‘The new Coronavirus legislation is only a week old and already there is public discussion over the tactics used by the police to enforce it (notable perhaps was former Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption expressing concern that we are sliding into “a police state”).’

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The 36 Group, 2nd April 2020

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How Well Do You Know The New Coronavirus Lockdown Rules? – Each Other

‘Am I allowed to drive to take my dog for a walk? Are shops still allowed to sell Easter eggs? Take EachOther’s quiz to see how much you know about the latest coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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Each Other, 2nd April 2020

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York woman fined for breaching coronavirus rules – BBC News

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, health, news by sally

‘A woman has been fined for breaching coronavirus restrictions after she refused to tell police who she was and why she was at a railway station.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2020

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Lawyers echo Sumption’s ‘police state’ warning – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criticism by former Supreme Court justice Lord Sumption of apparent over-reach by police officers enforcing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions appears to have struck a chord in the legal profession.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st March 2020

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The quickly mutating Coronavirus legislation – drafting anomalies and police powers – UK Police Law Blog

‘The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 at reg 6(1) create a prohibition against leaving one’s home without reasonable excuse rather than being outside one’s home without reasonable excuse. Not only is that narrower than many people had thought, it shapes the powers of a police constable to direct or remove people to their home, which depends upon the constable considering that they have breached reg 6(1). Furthermore, in criminal proceedings for a breach, it may be that the burden of establishing of the defence of reasonable excuse is on a defendant in Scotland but on the prosecution in the other three home nations.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 31st March 2020

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Criminal Powers in response to Covid-19 – stay indoors instructions – 5SAH

‘On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister instructed everyone to remain in their homes in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The overwhelming majority of individuals and businesses have taken steps to comply with that instruction. However, concerns remained about the large number of people continuing to use London Underground, groups of people congregating in public places and a small number of people steadfastly refusing to comply. From the off, law enforcement officials were asking to be furnished with powers to enforce compliance.’

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5SAH, 30th March 2020

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UK police warned against ‘overreach’ in use of virus lockdown powers – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs are drawing up new guidance warning forces not to overreach their lockdown enforcement powers after withering criticism of controversial tactics to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2020

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Draft in haste… Coronavirus restrictions and homelessness – Nearly Legal

‘Here are emergency regulations, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, made today. These, amongst many other things, deal with what commercial premises may open, or must be closed, and – to the point here – restrictions on individual movement.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th March 2020

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Police fine people over social distancing – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, health, health & safety, news, police by sally

‘Police forces in England and Wales have fined people for ignoring guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2020

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