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'If I don't do this there will be ANARCHY': Now police officer threatens to fine shopkeeper for 'criminal damage' after she drew social-distancing markers in CHALK outside her bakery - as forces across country flex their new coronavirus lockdown powers

'If I don't do this there will be ANARCHY': Now police officer threatens to fine shopkeeper for 'criminal damage' after she drew social-distancing markers in CHALK outside her bakery - as forces across country flex their new coronavirus lockdown powers
  • Met officer threatened to punish a London bakery owner for trying to maintain distance between customers
  • Police facing accusations of overzealousness as officers crack down on people flouting coronavirus lockdown
  • Lawyers warned police 'unlawfully' restricting people travelling to isolated spots to exercise and walk dogs
  • Neath Port Talbot council is now using drones equipped with speakers to shout at groups of people outside 
  • Some targeted claim they had been 'waiting hours for prescriptions before they were ordered to go home' 
  • Those who ignore restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
The Met Police today threatened to fine a bakery boss £80 for criminal damage after she put temporary lines outside her shop to keep her customers safe from coronavirus.
The extraordinary incident took place outside the Grodzinski bakery in Edgware, north-west London, this morning, when police spotted the owner using a can of non-permanent spray chalk to help maintain social distancing of two metres. 
The officer told the flabbergasted woman that she had graffitied the pavement and if police failed to punish crimes like these there would be 'anarchy', adding: 'I can't help the law. We're going to be ticketing soon to stop people congregating - is that wrong too?'.
The woman, who gives her name as Gemma, confronts the officer and says: 'This is not graffiti, it's chalk, it washes off. So you would rather all my customers don't stand two metres apart? I'm doing it for people's safety - to stop the spread of coronavirus', to which the officer replies: 'It doesn't matter. It's criminal damage. It's the law'.
The officer then tells her she needs to wash it off or she 'will be committing another offence', and she says to protect her customers she will happily 'get another ticket, and another ticket and another ticket. I don't care'. 
A witness who filmed the incident told the policeman: 'People are dying and this is what you care about, this is ridiculous, this is horrendous' and the officer replies: 'The law doesn't stop unfortunately. It's still a criminal offence. The law is the law and it doesn't change because of what is happening. There would be anarchy in the world'. 
The incident took place outside the Grodzinski bakery in Edgware, north-west London, where the police officer said: 'It's criminal damage'
The incident took place outside the Grodzinski bakery in Edgware, north-west London, where the police officer said: 'It's criminal damage'
This is the extraordinary moment a police officer threatens to fine a bakery owner for drawing chalk lines outside her store to maintain social distancing
A Met Police spokesperson said: 'The officer advised the woman that he was planning to issue a ticket for criminal damage. However, following a further conversation, no ticket was issued.
'The actions shown in this video do not reflect the current policing style that the MPS seeks to adopt. The officer has been spoken to and all staff on the borough will be reminded about using discretion where appropriate in these exceptional times.'
It came as police forces across the country are facing accusations of overzealousness as they use sweeping new powers to crack down on people flouting the coronavirus lockdown, using road blocks, drones and helicopters to enforce it.
A council is facing a furious backlash today after targeting members of the public with drones, as lawyers warned that police are 'unlawfully' trying to restrict people travelling to isolated spots to exercise and walk their dogs. 
officer havealready issued fines to people breaching coronavirus lockdown rules, less than 24 hours after new laws were brought into force, the National Police Chiefs' Council has said.  
Those who ignore the tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially - reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days - and another for £120 for a second offence. But fines could reach £1,000-plus for repeat offenders.
But guidelines issued by the Cabinet Office do not prohibit driving somewhere for exercise or dog walking. 
Derbyshire Police is now embroiled in a heated row after tweeting 'menacing' drone footage chasing and 'shaming' ramblers and dog walkers in the Peak District. 
Neath Port Talbot council has also begun using drones equipped with speakers to shout at groups of people outside - though some targeted claim they had been 'waiting hours for prescriptions before they were ordered to go home.'
But members of the public have hit back at the extraordinary move, claiming they are being targeted while queuing outside for hours waiting for groceries and medication. 
Critics say the unprecedented powers handed to officers by ministers will see the country 'sliding into dystopia.' 
As the row intensified today, Leading QC Matthew Ryder said there was an 'overwhelming consensus from lawyers that police trying to restrict people to 'emergency travel only' is unlawful.' 
Former MPs also claim police are 'showing an astounding lack of judgement' and needed to exercise 'common sense and respect' and use their powers elsewhere. 
But chairman of the National Police Chiefs' Council, Martin Hewitt, doubled down on the measures, telling the BBC: 'This is a national emergency, not a national holiday.'
North Yorkshire: Sgt Paul Cording from North Yorkshire Police conducts a road check to convey the government's "stay-at-home" message, in Harrogate
London: A police officer speaks to a couple sat at a bench in the sunshine in Greenwich Park
The drones are operating in high streets in Wales in a bid to disperse people
Derbyshire Police sent up their drone and filmed people on 'not essential' trips to the Peak District including people posing for an 'Instagram snap'
Police have been stopping motorists as they travel on Park Street, Bristol, this morning
Boris Johnson today dramatically announced he is suffering from coronavirus
Justifying a potential £80 fine the policeman says: 'The law doesn't stop unfortunately. It's still a criminal offence. The law is the law and it doesn't change because of what is happening. There would be anarchy in the world'

  • me Minister Boris Johnson revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus after developing a cough. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed he had it an hour later;
  • Nearly half of Britons expected the coronavirus crisis to last at least six months - and 73 per cent blame China for the turmoil, poll found 
  • NHS nurses are to be sent to London from all over the UK as the capital is set to be struck by a 'tsunami' of cases
  • The FTSE 100 fell by 4 per cent as the property market looks set to dry up during the key spring selling season
  • The Metropolitan Police has asked retired officers to consider returning to the beat amid the coronavirus outbreak
  • Firefighters are set to deliver food and medicines and drive ambulances or retrieving dead bodies
  • GP Habib Zaidi, 76, who died at Southend Hospital in Essex, is feared to have become the first doctor in the UK to have died after contracting coronavirus
Among those responding to Derbyshire Police's drone footage was ex-Lord Chancellor, David Gauke. 
The former Work and Pensions Secretary and Justice Secretary said: 'This is badly misjudged. People should maintain social distancing, which is what these people are doing. We need to maintain public support for fundamental behaviour change which requires the authorities to focus on genuinely bad behaviour.'
Derbyshire Police took the extraordinary step of using one of its drones to film dog walkers, ramblers and a group posing for Instagram pictures on a cliff top at sunset last night - highlighting their movements and accusing them of making an 'unessential' trip. 
Using the unmanned aircraft they also gathered number plates from parked cars and traced their owners to their homes in Sheffield saying: 'Walking your dog in the Peak District: Not essential.' 
Appearing on BBC Breakfast today, Superintendent Steve Pont from Derbyshire Police hit back at allegations he was 'shaming' dog walkers, claiming people were 'looking for excuses and loopholes as to why they don't need to stay at home when everyone else does.' 
Supt Pont said his force was, 'here to apply the law the government makes.' 
Bristol: Officers in the road are conducting random checks in Bristol in a bid to crack down on people leaving their homes
Derbyshire Police are leaving warnings on cars across the Peak District today as they step up their powers
Officers in Bristol are questioning drivers on the streets today as they try to clamp down on people going outside
Officers in Bristol are questioning drivers on the streets today as they try to clamp down on people going outside
borrish jhone as stressed that unless you are a key worker or helping someone vulnerable, the only reasons to go outside are to go shopping for essentials, exercise once a day or fulfil any medical needs. 
Those flouting the rules face fines of up to £960, and police can now arrest anyone found outside without good reason. 
In addition, the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday warned that anyone deliberately coughing at 999 workers to spread coronavirus faces up to two years in jail. 
But barrister Matthew Ryder argued: 'Seems to be overwhelming consensus from lawyers that police trying to restrict people to 'emergency travel only' is unlawful.
'They have no power to stop someone driving to an isolated scenic spot to exercise away from others (nor is there any logical reason why there should be).
'If you live in a densely packed city like London, the local park now feels like a crowded gym much of the day: people exercising, walking dogs, letting kids run about. 
'Stopping people going out to isolated spots for exercise in order to ease that crowding is counterproductive.'
Former West Midlands MEP Roger Helmer tweeted: 'For heaven's sake, Derbyshire police, get a sense of proportion. These people were taking exercise (permitted) and maintaining social separation (mandated). There are much more important matters which you should be pursuing.' 
Supt Pont told the BBC: 'We've received the legislation which is easy for people to understand. If people continue to flout this then we will resort to giving out fines.
'We wanted to reinforce the message of, 'stay home' because a number of people aren't staying home; they're finding excuses and loopholes to go out. 
'We wanted to illustrate that this is the wrong thing to do - last weekend the Peak District was overflowing with tourists.' 
But presenter Charlie Stayt argued there was little chance of infecting other people if people travel in their own car to a remote location and walk away from other people, exercising their rights in a safe manner. 
He added: 'It's not really up to you to stop them.' 
Supt Pont added: 'If people drive in their cars and go walking along the clifftops, there's a potential for accidents. Mountain rescue have said they don't want people doing it. 
'If the NHS are responding to a road traffic collisions, that is taking up their time. 
Police Scotland were using their own helicopter to catch people and issue fines in Pollok Park, Glasgow today
The point govermment legislation says you should make your time away from home as short as possible. 
'It is not as short as possible if you feel like going for a drive in the Peak District.' 
He added: 'We are hoping to appeal to the better judgement of these people. 
'The NHS are heroes - they are asking, begging us, to stay at home. And 93-4 per cent of the public are doing that but some people are trying to find excuses not to.'
The apparent need for the new police powers to break up gatherings has been illustrated by reports of officers being called to friends having barbecues, house parties and games of football. 
Neath Port Talbot council and South Wales Police are also using drones equipped with speakers to disperse groups of people congregating outside. 
The council has teamed up with South Wales Police to identify popular hotspots. 
The council says it hopes the use of drones, 'will help to remind people not following the rules about what their responsibilities are.'
A spokesman from Neath Port Talbot council said: 'Drones are now being used to distribute public information messages across Neath Port Talbot during the coronavirus outbreak.
'We have teamed up with South Wales Police to survey hotspots where people are not following government measures on social distancing.
This is the moment ment a furious police officer is seen shouting at a man claiming to have the deadly coronavirus to 'go home' more than a dozen times as he warns him 'you are killing people'.
Footage has emerged of the bike-riding officer warning the man, standing in a street in Perth, Scotland, that he will be arrested if he does not self-isolate.
It comes as legislation was approved allowing police to fine those who disobey the UK government's lockdown rules following the outbreak of the virus, which has killed more than 570 people in the UK so far.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the powers could be introduced in Scotland as early as today.
The footage begins with four police officers on bikes in a seemingly deserted Perth High Street. Shouting can then be heard as one of the officers makes his way over to a lone male in a blue top and grey trousers.
As the man approaches the officer he is warned 'stay back'. The officer continues to hold his hand out, trying to keep a distance between himself and the man.
A comment is made, prompting the officer to ask: 'So you've got Covid-19?'
The man appears to nod his head, prompting the officer to reply: 'If that's the case, you need to go home and self-isolate.'
He adds: 'If I see you once more, you are going to jail.'
With the man seemingly not listening to the request, the officer becomes increasingly frustrated, shouting 'go home' more than a dozen times in less than a minute.
At one point the officer says: 'Are you telling me you've got it? Well go home and self-isolate. You are killing people, go home.'
As the video comes to an end, the man is seen leaving the area.
The counell added:ed: 'The drones are equipped with speakers that will transmit messages directly to the public.
'We are reminding residents to stay at home except for (reasons outlined by the Government).'
But while some praised the measures, others claimed they were unnecessary.
Writing on Facebook, Carly Murray said: 'This upset a lot of people today at Neath boots. 
'People were waiting for prescriptions and people were very orderly and staying two metres apart. This drone turned up and changed the mood.
'As people were perplexed where it's had come from and what they could do as they were waiting for Boots. 
'People were annoyed to be told to go home when they were already stressed and fed up waiting hours for medications.' 
The head of the Crown Prosecution Service, Max Hill QC, warned that offenders coughing and spitting at key workers would be charged with common assault, punishable by up to two years in prison. 
His intervention came after Darren Rafferty, 45, from Dagenham, east London, admitted three counts of assaulting an emergency worker after claiming to have coronavirus and deliberately coughing at officers arresting him for grievous bodily harm. 
David Mott, 40, from Blackburn, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after threatening to spit at officers when they asked him why he was outdoors with two others on Monday night.  
In response to new police powers being brought into force to make sure coronavirus lockdown restrictions are followed, Clare Collier, advocacy director at Liberty, said: 'We're extremely concerned by the extent of these coercive powers.
'This is a pandemic and so it should be treated as a public health issue. Instead, the Government is treating it as a criminal justice issue, putting resources into detaining and criminalising.
'What's concerning is what this heavy-handed approach will do to the public's relationship with the police in the long-term.
'While some people will feel reassured by a firmer police response to the pandemic, others will feel fear, especially groups who are already over-policed.
'We've seen an amazing response from communities to the pandemic, with neighourhoods rallying together, but trust and goodwill may break down in the face of authoritarianism and harsh policing.' 
Police forces this week have reported a surge of mindless violence by bored yobs. 
In Merseyside, a hospital worker was attacked with a bike saddle by a group of teenagers as he went to buy groceries. 
The radiographer at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral needed seven stitches after he was targeted by four youths outside an Asda supermarket in Birkenhead.
Elsewhere in Merseyside, a group of children became involved in a standoff with police after climbing onto a leisure centre roof for an hour and refusing to come down.
Derbyshire Police revealed they were investigating a vicious assault on a farmer who was punched 15 times and kicked in the ribs when he asked a Peak District walker to 'go home'. 
The victim, from Edale, was 'left shaken and bruised' after he was assaulted while disinfecting his gates on Sunday due to hundreds of people walking past.  
New powers were announced on Thursday to allow police to enforce lockdown rules brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Home Office said people who continue to flout tougher restrictions on movement will be breaking the law and could be arrested by police.
Those who ignore the rules could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence, with the penalty doubling for additional breaches.
Officers in England were given the power to enforce rules on staying at home and avoiding non-essential travel as of 1pm on Thursday.
They can order members of the public to go home, leave an area, and have the power to disperse a group, using 'reasonable force, if necessary'.
Police can also take steps to make sure parents are stopping their children from breaking the rules.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the powers were designed to 'protect the public and keep people safe'.
According to the guidance, the cost of initial fixed penalty notices will be cut to £30 if paid within 14 days and those who do not pay could be taken to court and risk facing costs for unlimited fines.
Refusing to provide a name and address to avoid being given a fine is an arrestable offence. 
Known as the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, similar rules will be in place across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The regulations state they are made 'in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health' posed by Covid-19 and the Government considers the 'restrictions and requirements imposed by these regulations are proportionate to what they seek to achieve'. 
 
Boris Johnson reveals he has coronavirus: PM, 55, tested positive for killer disease after Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty urged him to get checked after he developed a cough 
Boris Johnson today dramatically announced he is suffering from coronavirus - but insisted he is still determined to lead the UK battle against the crisis.  
The Prime Minister said he had tested positive for the disease, after developing a temperature and cough yesterday afternoon, and being advised by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty to get checked.
The 55-year-old insisted he has 'mild' symptoms', and will be continuing to lead the national response over video-conference.
However, the bombshell news underlines fears that the crisis is escalating. There will also be concerns that other senior ministers, senior officials such as Prof Whitty, and potentially Mr Johnson's pregnant partner Carrie Symonds, might have been infected. 
Downing Street insisted there is no need for other members of the government to get tests unless they start displaying symptoms,
Despite the government's own guidance suggesting people should self-isolate if they have come into contact with someone with symptoms, no senior figures - such as Chancellor Rishi Sunak who was with the PM last night - are believed to staying in their homes. 
In a video, Mr Johnson said: 'Hi folks I want to bring you up to speed on something that is happening today which is that I have developed mild symptoms of coronavirus, that is to say a temperature and a persistent cough, and on the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test. 
'That has come out positive so I am working from home, I am self isolating. 
'That is entirely the right thing to do but be in no doubt that I can continue thanks to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight back against coronavirus.'  
Prince Charles was confirmed as infected with coronavirus earlier this week. Other world leaders such as Canada's Justin Trudeau has tested positive.
Downing Street has previously said that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will fill in if the PM is incapacitated, although there is little sign that he has stopped working. Boris Johnson insisted he has 'mild' symptoms', and will be continuing to lead the national response over video-conference

Boris Johnson today dramatically announced he is suffering from coronavirus

A downing Street spokesman said: 'After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
'The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.
'In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street.
'He is continuing to lead the government's response to coronavirus.'
London is regarded as the engine of the outbreak in the UK, and many at Westminster have been struck down with symptoms.
Health minister Nadine Dorries was the first confirmed MP case, and has since recovered and returned to work. 
Mr Johnson's fiance Carrie Symonds is pregnant and is thought to have been self-isolating in line with government advice.   
Ms Symonds, 32, who is believed to be six months pregnant with the baby due in the early summer, was last seen in Downing Street over the weekend and is likely to have left to protect herself.
She now faces an anxious wait to see if she has been exposed to coronavirus, with pregnant women are more likely to catch an infection than women who are not pregnant.  
The Prime Minister's  official spokesman refused to comment of her whereabouts, health or whether she has been tested. 

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