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Home Office Warns That People Ignoring Lockdown Rules Could Be Arrested

Home Office Warns That People Ignoring Lockdown Rules Could Be Arrested

The Home Office has issued a warning to people continuing to ignore the government implemented lockdown rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sky News, people flouting the orders will be breaking the law and could be arrested by police under new public health regulations strengthening police enforcement powers in England.

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Officers have the powers to tell people to go home, leave or disperse an area and ensure parents are taking necessary precautions to make sure their children are being stopped from breaking the law.

Police at a vehicle checkpoint in York where officers from North Yorkshire Police were ensuring that motorists and their passengers are complying with government restrictions. Credit: PA
Police at a vehicle checkpoint in York where officers from North Yorkshire Police were ensuring that motorists and their passengers are complying with government restrictions. Credit: PA

According to the Telegraph, the people who refuse to comply with the rules could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60 ($72), which will be lowered to £30 ($36) if paid within 14 days.

Those who become second-time offenders could then be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £120 ($145) - the amount will double for each repeated offence.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "The Prime Minister has been clear on what we need to do: stay at home to protect our NHS and save lives.

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"All our frontline services really are the best of us and are doing an incredible job to stop this terrible virus from spreading.

"That's why I'm giving the police these new enforcement powers, to protect the public and keep people safe."

The CPS has issued warnings for people deliberately coughing on emergency workers. Credit: PA
The CPS has issued warnings for people deliberately coughing on emergency workers. Credit: PA

The warning comes after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that anyone using coronavirus (Covid-19) to threaten emergency workers could face serious criminal charges which are punishable with up to 12 months in prison.

The intervention comes after reports in recent days of police, shop workers and vulnerable groups being deliberately coughed on by people claiming to have the disease.

A press release from the CPS read: "Such behaviour is illegal and assaults specifically against emergency workers are punishable by up to 12 months in prison."

Putting it bluntly, stop coughing on people.

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."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Coronavirus, crime, UK

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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