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Latest updates: for previous summaries see our Diary

January 2021 Update

Both the Undercover Research Group and Netpol are particularly busy and cannot update this diary as regularly as usual. This is a summary of policing of coronavirus restrictions over the last month. POLICING As 2020 drew to a close, around the country there were reports that police had clamped down on unauthorised New Year gatherings.Continue reading “January 2021 Update”

20 -27 October Update

POLICING The issuing of fixed penalty notices all over the country has ground relentlessly on over the last week. In Tyneside, police fined 12 members of a football team who told bar staff they were single household. Police broke up a student house party in Exeter on 24 October and in south-east London, the MetropolitanContinue reading “20 -27 October Update”

13-19 October Update

POLICING Yet another sign that the government is unable to abandon its public order approach to embrace a public health crisis one instead, is that the police will get access to the details of members of the public in England who have been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace. The BBC reported that thisContinue reading “13-19 October Update”

1 – 12 October Update

POLICING On 2 October it was reported that the Metropolitan Police had launched an investigation into Scottish National Party MP Margaret Ferrier, over alleged breaches of coronavirus rules that included travelling by train journey between London and Glasgow after receiving a positive Covid-19 test. Ten days on, she continues to resist calls to resign asContinue reading “1 – 12 October Update”

Villains of The Pandemic

When the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) and the Undercover Research Group started the “Policing The Corona State” diary1 back in March to document the policing of Britain’s coronavirus state of emergency, neither of us really expected that months later, we would still need to continue updating it. Regularly checking the local and national media,Continue reading “Villains of The Pandemic”

24 – 30 September Update

POLICING From Monday 28 September, police were granted extra powers, including self-isolation “spot checks” in high-risk areas based on “local intelligence” (neighbours reporting on each other), as new local lockdowns and more fines from £1000 to £10,000 come into force in England. For instance, you can now get a £10,000 fine for breaking self-isolation rules.Continue reading “24 – 30 September Update”


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