As the crackdown on lockdown ‘violators’ is being amped up by the authorities in the UK, police were criticised for boasting about fining a person who they witnessed eating a kebab in their car, alone.
Avon and Somerset Police tweeted about the incident which occurred over the weekend at Cheddar Gorge, a place of natural beauty in the South West of the country.
The issue, police say, is that the person drove 20 miles from Bristol to eat the kebab.
Police bragged about patrolling the area to punish people they deemed to be breaking lockdown:
In a further statement to media, police said that while “patrolling in Cheddar [they] engaged with a number of people who were sitting in parked cars in Cheddar Gorge.”
“Officers took the decision to issue fixed penalty notices to seven individuals whom they determined were not local to the area, were not members of the same household, and did not have a valid reason for their journey under the current COVID-19 regulations,” the statement continued.
“We would ask that people follow the regulations, only travel when it is essential and take exercise locally to their home address, in order to save lives and protect the NHS,” the statement concluded, parroting government rhetoric.
The Police are asking the public to report lockdown violators:
Backlash toward the police on Twitter was swift:
While some expressed disgust with police, others were eager to snitch:
This incident followed a number of other cases of police cracking down on people that made headlines over the weekend.
Two women were interrogated and fined by police for going on a walk in a remote area 5 miles from where they lived despite this not being illegal under coronavirus laws. Police told the women that hot drinks they were carrying constituted a “picnic”.
The women, Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, told reporters that the police appeared ‘desperate to fine them’:
The women explained that they reasoned the remote place they chose to walk “would keep us safer, and it would be safer for everyone else as well.”
The pair said that “The officers approached us as we parked, we parked two spaces away from each other to ensure we really were complying with social distancing, and the officers soon started walking towards our vehicles.”
“They were looking to find information that they could justify that we had broken the rules,” they explained.
Elsewhere, video emerged of policing arresting people who were walking, sitting on benches and drinking coffee outside.
After the footage went viral, police claimed that the whole thing was staged by ‘anti-lockdown protesters’:
Video also emerged of police officers themselves sitting down in a cafe drinking coffee, with the person filming them questioning why they were not following the rules:
In a separate incident, a couple with a baby and a pushchair were grilled by COVID police in Birmingham city centre merely for walking on the street. The report noted that the Police Community Support Officers then began quizzing people who had arrived at a pharmacy to pick up prescription drugs.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, a family was arrested after police entered their home acting on a tip off from a neighbor that there were “too many people inside.”
One local police force even angrily tweeted about “2 reports of snowballs being thrown” in violation of coronavirus lockdown rules.
Another police force threatened people with fines for planning to go sledging in a remote area of North Yorkshire.
Last week, we reported on the announcement by police of the adoption of a new ‘hardline’ lockdown policy to stop and question people if they are out in the street, and to issue on the spot fines if they cannot provide a reasonable excuse for being out of their houses.
Police also said they would specifically target ‘anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protesters’, saying that “we now have a hardcore element who are against the rules.”
Police are also demanding new powers to force entry into the homes of suspected lockdown violators.
As we reported earlier, the government has reportedly discussed upping COVID restrictions even further by only allowing people to leave their homes once per week, and banning talking to friends in the street or supermarket.
Supermarkets themselves are reportedly set to be patrolled by police and inspected amid claims that they are not enforcing social distancing rules effectively enough. Some may face fines for ‘bending the rules’, according to reports.
The government has been criticised for implementing a third lockdown, wherein everyone is restricted to gathering in parks and going to the supermarket only.
Critics say it forces people into the same spaces, rather than allowing people to spread out naturally.
It is clear that the public is growing sick and tired of lockdown restrictions, and that police are implementing a more heavy handed approach in order to enforce government Covid decrees.
Reports emerged at the weekend that restrictions were due to stay in place until at least March 23, yet the government has not given any official timeline for how long the lockdown will last, or any indications of when restrictions will be tightened or relieved.
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