25 – 31 August Update

POLICING As we predicted last week, the coronavirus regulations are now being used to threaten people organising demonstrations. New rules came into force in England on Friday ahead of the bank holiday weekend and on Sunday, Piers Corbyn was fined £10,000 for organising an anti-lockdown rally under the law restricting gatherings of more than 30 people. TheContinue reading “25 – 31 August Update”

17 – 24 August Update

POLICING Police in England are now – since Friday 21th August – able to fine organisers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people up to £10,000. This includes raves, but it may also include protests. (If you are a protest organiser threatened with a fine, please contact Netpol). Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland canContinue reading “17 – 24 August Update”

6 – 16 August Update

POLICING The continued focus of public order policing of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain over the last fortnight has been on ‘raves’ or illegal gatherings. Police forces are increasing patrols of potential hotspots and have carried out raids of unlicensed events in Birmingham, the Sussex coast, Manchester, Cheshire and Accrington. Police in Manchester have warnedContinue reading “6 – 16 August Update”

30 July – 5 August 2020 Update

POLICING On 30 July, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new coronavirus regulations on social gatherings affected a number of areas in the north of England, including Greater Manchester and large parts of West Yorkshire and Lancashire. This “northern lockdown” began on 31 July and meant that people in these areas were no longer permitted toContinue reading “30 July – 5 August 2020 Update”

20-29 July 2020 Update

POLICING The latest figures released by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) show that men aged 18 to 34 from ethnic minority groups were twice as likely to be fined for breaching lockdown coronavirus regulations as young White men. This confirmation of racial disparity is included in a report, “Policing the Pandemic: Detailed analysis onContinue reading “20-29 July 2020 Update”

10 – 13 July Update

POLICING Data released by the National Police Chiefs Council has confirmed that not one single person was fined by police in England and Wales for breaching quarantine rules requiring people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days, over the first two weeks since these rules were introduced. The figures also show that betweenContinue reading “10 – 13 July Update”

6-9 July Update

POLICING The police watchdog is launching a review into whether police tactics, such as stop and search, discriminate against ethnic minorities. The IOPC is to look for any pattern of discrimination in use of force. It comes after the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick apologised to Team GB athlete Bianca Williams and her partner Ricardo dos Santos,Continue reading “6-9 July Update”

28 – 30 June Update

POLICING Stricter lockdown measures have been announced in Leicester because of a rise in coronavirus cases in the city. Leicestershire Police immediately stated they don’t know how to enforce the localised lockdown in place for least two weeks. Chief constable Simon Cole said his force was “thinking about all of our options”. Leicestershire County CouncilContinue reading “28 – 30 June Update”