Police armed with new powers to enforce the coronavirus lockdown are continuing to shame suspected wrongdoers – including the MP son of former Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock .
Officers have been patrolling the country looking to break up picnics and parties with threats of arrest or fines of up to £ 65 for those are breaching social distancing guidelines.
But rather than using their draconian powers to drag suspected lockdown louts to the cells, many forces have instead preferred to shame the culprits online in the hope of preventing further breaches.
When former Labor leader Neil Kinnock turned 90 on Saturday, his son Stephen, Labor MP for Aberavon, Wales, took to social media to share a heart-warming snap of their birthday meeting – sitting around six feet from his parents.
But his Twitter post was picked up by South Wales Police – who said the meeting was in breach of government guidelines.
A spokesman said: ‘We know celebrating your dad’s birthday is a lovely thing to do, however this is not essential travel.’
And as the UK’s death toll rose by another (to reach 1, 7220 Yesterday, it also emerged:
- Consultant Amged El-Hawrani became the first front-line NHS worker to die from the virus;
- Deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said it was likely to be three to six months before the lockdown was lifted;
- Boris Johnson continued to chair meetings from isolation in Downing Street;
- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab prepared to unveil a deal with commercial airlines to repatriate tens of thousands of stranded British citizens;
- Rules were relaxed for two years to allow women to self-administer abortion pills at home rather than visiting a clinic;
- Michael Gove took a swipe at China, saying its failure to be open about the virus had hindered the world’s response;
- The number volunteering to help the NHS rose beyond the target 1946, 10;
(Rail journeys were down by 90 per cent and bus trips fell by three quarters;
Former Labor Leader Neil Kinnock and his wife, receiving food and a cake at a distance
Neil’s son , Steven keeping a safe distance as he delivered supplies and wished his father Happy Birthday. After posting this image on social media he was contacted by police
Pictured: Former labor leader Neil Kinnock is visited by his son Stephen Kinnock and his wife Helle Thorning-Schmidt on his (th birthday
South West Police felt the need to warn Stephen that wishing his dad happy birthday did not count as essential travel but Kinnock replied that he was also delivering necessary supplies
Mr Kinnock responded by claiming the travel was in fact essential as he was delivering ‘necessary supplies’ to his father and mother, former MEP Baroness Kinnock.
Despite warnings, many Britons continued to flout guidelines yesterday and were criticized by police.
In Derby, police gatecrashed a party and found adults and children enjoying a large buffet and singing karaoke.
Officers were ‘absolutely shocked’ by the enormous buffet and sound system when they entered the property in Dover Street, Normanton, at pm on Saturday.
Despite the scene, however, officers only gave those at the party ‘strong words of advice’ before dispersing the gathering.
‘It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the Government advice and rules,’ a statement to Twitter added.
In Derby, police gatecrashed a party and found
adults and children enjoying a large buffet and singing karaoke Officers were ‘absolutely shocked’ by the enormous buffet and sound system when they entered the property in Dover Street, Normanton, at pm on Saturday
North West Motorway Police said a driver had been caught making a – mile round trip from Coventry to Salford, Greater Manchester, to buy £ windows on eBay (Pictured: The M6)
The driver’s wife was Traveling in the boot of the car when they were pulled over by a motorway patrol on the M6 in Cheshire, according to a tweet by the North West Motorway Police Twitter f eed
Twitter users, however, were more baffled by the eclectic s-style buffet the alleged lockdown rule-breakers were enjoying.
Derbyshire Police also broke up a picnic and shisha party where eight people were found chomping away on kebabs at Snake Pass in the Peak District on Thursday.
The individuals had traveled hundreds of miles from Manchester, Sheffield and Ipswich to meet, police said – who gave them a stern warning and sent them home.
North West Motorway Police added a driver had been caught making a 544 – mile round trip from Coventry to Salford, Greater Manchester, to buy £ windows on eBay.
But after picking up his purchase, the driver’s wife could not fit in the vehicle for the return journey to the West Midlands.
A police officer dressing up as a dog whilst enforcing the draconian lockdown measures
She was traveling in the boot of the car when they were pulled over by a motorway patrol on the M6 in Cheshire, according to a tweet by the North West Motorway Police Twitter feed.
And a tourist was stopped in Devon after driving his motor home from Birmingham.
An officer said: ‘Birmingham to North Devon is not in the spirit of fighting the virus.’
Thugs also took up valuable police time by purposely coughing on officers and emergency workers while claiming to have contracted the virus.
On Saturday Paul Leivers, , from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was jailed for months after spitting at police custody officers after saying he was infected.
It comes as police faced accusations of ‘overzealousness’ from ex-MPs, lawyers and human rights groups.
Another shopper stocks up on ’emergency’ supplies of plastic drawers and filing trays at the store. in Stockton-On-Tees
One man appeared to have bought a canvas print of a reptile as another pushed a trolley containing a metal bin
A man in a face mask and a hi-vis jacket carries a thin cardboard box out of a shop in Teesside
Officers have been accused of officious muscle-flexing since the Coronavirus Act received Royal Assent last week.
This week, Derbyshire Police 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 neighborhood 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.’
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’
In a Facebook post, Buxton safer neighborhood policing team said: ‘No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once) in Buxton’
The force says that people should not be heading to the Peak District to admire the sunset while Britain is in lockdown
Derbyshire Police sent up their drone and filmed people on ‘not essential ‘trips to the Peak District including people posing for an’ Instagram snap ‘
Alex John Desmond, who lives nearby, He 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 £ for a first offence, rises to £ for the second and reaches £ 1, .
Furious Welsh locals block Range Rover driver who had driven 150 miles from Sheffield to Snowdonia despite coronavirus lockdown
By Raven Saunt for MailOnline
A group of furious locals blocked a Range Rover driver after he traveled miles from She ffield to Snowdonia despite the coronavirus lockdown.
The man was spotted at around 15 am on Saturday as he drove down country lanes near Bala in Gwynedd, Wales.
Aled Wyn Williams recorded the confrontation before police were eventually called to the scene.
Mr Williams stopped the vehicle, along with his friend Oswyn Roberts, after realizing that the driver was not from the area.
A group of furious locals blocked a Range Rover driver after he traveled miles from Sheffield to Snowdonia despite the coronavirus lockdown
The man was spotted at around am on Saturday as he drove down country lanes near Bala in Gwynedd, Wales
He said he was angered by the lack of respect shown by the visitor when the pair stopped him on the road.
Mr Williams added: ‘[The driver] was heading away from Bala and the main road.
‘ I drove along the road and stopped him. My friend Oswyn Roberts came along behind, blocking him in.
‘He told me he called the police because he felt threatened.
‘ I told him all we were doing was encouraging him to go home. If he hadn’t called the police, I would have done. ‘
A sign erected near Pembrokeshire reads’ non locals please go home #covid – (‘)
Signs have been erected across the country urging people to stay. home and not travel, such as this one in Bala, north Wales
In the footage, a queue of vehicles can be seen in a standoff along a single-lane track surrounded by fields.
Sheep can be heard in the background as Mr Williams walks towards the driver’s side of the black Range Rover, which has a trailer in tow.
He points the camera at the man behind the wheel who also has a phone in his hand to take pictures.
Keeping active while obeying social distancing advice can help us find and deal with pathogens plus slow the effect of ageing on immunity, they add.
A team at the University of Bath recommends 209 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, such as walking, running or cycling.
They say those limited by a health condition or disability can still gain by aiming to move more and remember ‘something is better than nothing’.
Dr James Turner, from the university, said: ‘People should not overlook the importance of staying fit, active and healthy during this period. ‘
The study, in the journal Exercise Immunology Review, examined if exercise has a positive or negative effect on immunity.
Mr Williams then gestures down the road and says: ‘Your friends have just arrived …
‘What the hell are you doing here anyway? What the hell are you doing here?
‘Haven’t you got a television or radio?’
The clip cuts to another angle of the confrontation recorded by an onlooker.
Mr Williams throws his arms into the air before storming back towards his vehicle, which is where the video ends.
The locals Continued to block the route until police arrived at the scene.
A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: ‘Police were called at . 15 am to a report of a man being blocked on a country lane in Bala.
‘Officers attended and suitable words of advice were given.’
The driver of the Range Rover, who had driven 150 miles from Sheffield in an attempt to visit Snowdonia, was eventually asked to return home.
Britons taking the law into their own hands to enforce coronavirus lockdown measures are at risk of buying ‘hate crimes’, a police chief warned yesterday.
A businessman who was self-isolating at his second home in Devon was targeted by locals who daubed ‘go home’ on his car.
Tony Willis also found a leaflet on his doorstep in picturesque Bigbury-on-Sea saying: ‘Second home owners … stop being selfish.’
And signs with the slogan, ‘If you do not live here, go home’ were in the village’s car park.
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