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It's the corona patrol! Police continue to shame thousands of people allegedly flouting lockdown rules... including a Twitter warning for Neil Kinnock's MP son

It's the corona patrol! Police continue to shame thousands of people allegedly flouting lockdown rules... including a Twitter warning for Neil Kinnock's MP son
  • Officers have patrolled the country looking to break up picnics and parties 
  • Despite warnings, many Britons have continued to flout lockdown guidelines 
  • Rather than using their draconian powers to drag suspected lockdown louts to the cells, many forces have instead preferred to shame the culprits online
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Police armed with new powers to enforce the coronavirus lockdown continued to shame suspected wrongdoers yesterday – including the MP son of former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. 
Officers have been patrolling the country looking to break up picnics and parties with threats of arrest or fines of up to £60 for those are breaching social distancing guidelines. 
But rather than using their draconian powers to drag suspected lockdown louts to the cells, many forces have instead preferred to shame the culprits online in the hope of preventing further breaches. 
When former Labour leader Neil Kinnock turned 78 on Saturday, his son Stephen, Labour MP for Aberavon, Wales, took to social media to share a heart-warming snap of their birthday meeting – sitting around six feet from his parents. 
Former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock and his wife, receiving food and a cake at a distance
Former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock and his wife, receiving food and a cake at a distance 
But his Twitter post was picked up by South Wales Police – who said the meeting was in breach of government guidelines. 
A spokesman said: 'We know celebrating your dad's birthday is a lovely thing to do, however this is not essential travel.' 
Mr Kinnock responded by claiming the travel was in fact essential as he was delivering 'necessary supplies' to his father and mother, former MEP Baroness Kinnock. 
Despite warnings, many Britons continued to flout guidelines yesterday and were criticised by police. 
Neil's son, Steven keeping a safe distance as he delivered supplies and wished his father Happy Birthday. After posting this image on social media he was contacted by police
Neil's son, Steven keeping a safe distance as he delivered supplies and wished his father Happy Birthday. After posting this image on social media he was contacted by police
Pictured: Former labour leader Neil Kinnock is visited by his son Stephen Kinnock and his wife Helle Thorning-Schmidt on his 78th birthday
Pictured: Former labour leader Neil Kinnock is visited by his son Stephen Kinnock and his wife Helle Thorning-Shmidt on his 78th birthday
South West Police felt the need to warn Stephen that wishing his dad happy birthday did not count as essential travel but Kinnock replied that he was also delivering necessary supplies
South West Police felt the need to warn Stephen that wishing his dad happy birthday did not count as essential travel but Kinnock replied that he was also delivering necessary supplies 
In Derby, police gatecrashed a party and found 25 adults and children enjoying a large buffet and singing karaoke. 
Officers were 'absolutely shocked' by the enormous buffet and sound system when they entered the property in Dover Street, Normanton, at 10pm on Saturday.
Despite the scene, however, officers only gave those at the party 'strong words of advice' before dispersing the gathering. 
'It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the Government advice and rules,' a statement to Twitter added. 
Officers were 'absolutely shocked' by the enormous buffet and sound system when they entered the property in Dover Street, Normanton, at 10pm on Saturday
North West Motorway Police said a driver had been caught making a 224-mile round trip from Coventry to Salford, Greater Manchester, to buy £15 windows on eBay (Pictured: The M6)
The driver's wife was travelling in the boot of the car when they were pulled over by a motorway patrol on the M6 in Cheshire, according to a tweet by the North West Motorway Police Twitter feed
Shoppers in Teesside head to their cars after shopping at The Range and B&M on Sunday
Another shopper stocks up on 'emergency' supplies of plastic drawers and filing trays at the store in Stockton-On-Tees
One man appeared to have bought a canvas print of a reptile as another pushed a trolley containing a metal bin
 accused of officious muscle-flexing since the Coronavirus Act received Royal Assent last week. 
This week, Derbyshire Police poured black dye into a crystal blue lagoon in the Peak District to deter people from making 'non-essential trips'. 
In a Facebook post, Buxton safer neighbourhood policing team said: 'No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once) in Buxton. 
'However, the location is dangerous and this type of gathering is in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government.
'With this in mind, we have attended the location this morning and used water dye to make the water look less appealing.' 
Derbyshire Police dyeing the 'blue lagoon' in Harpur Hill, Buxton black, as gatherings there are 'dangerous' and are 'in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government'
In a Facebook post, Buxton safer neighbourhood policing team said: 'No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once) in Buxton'
The force says that people should not be heading to the Peak District to admire the sunset while Britain is in lockdown
In a Facebook post, Buxton safer neighbourhood policing team said: 'No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once) in Buxton'
Derbyshire Police sent up their drone and filmed people on 'not essential' trips to the Peak District including people posing for an 'Instagram snap'
The man was spotted at around 10am on Saturday as he drove down country lanes near Bala in Gwynedd, Wales
A group of furious locals blocked a Range Rover driver after he travelled 115 miles from Sheffield to Snowdonia despite the coronavirus lockdown

He said he was angered by the lack of respect shown by the visitor when the pair stopped him on the road.
Mr Williams added: '[The driver] was heading away from Bala and the main road.
'I drove along the road and stopped him. My friend Oswyn Roberts came along behind, blocking him in. 
'He told me he called the police because he felt threatened.
'I told him all we were doing was encouraging him to go home. If he hadn't called the police, I would have done.'   
A sign erected near Pembrokeshire reads 'non locals please go home #covid-19'
Signs have been erected across the country urging people to stay home and not travel, such as this one in Bala, north Wales
a queue of vehicles can be seen in a standoff along a single-lane track surrounded by fields.
Sheep can be heard in the background as Mr Williams walks towards the driver's side of the black Range Rover, which has a trailer in tow.
He points the camera at the man behind the wheel who also has a phone in his hand to take pictures. 
another angle of the confrontation recorded by an onlooker.  
Mr Williams throws his arms into the air before storming back towards his vehicle, which is where the video ends.
The locals continued to block the route until police arrived at the scene.
A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: 'Police were called at 10.12am to a report of a man being blocked on a country lane in Bala.
'Officers attended and suitable words of advice were given.'
The driver of the Range Rover, who had driven 115 miles from Sheffield in an attempt to visit Snowdonia, was eventually asked to return home. 
Britons taking the law into their own hands to enforce coronavirus lockdown measures are at risk of committing 'hate crimes', a police chief warned yesterday.
A businessman who was self-isolating at his second home in Devon was targeted by locals who daubed 'go home' on his car.

'Keep active to aid immunity' 

Regular exercise during the lockdown will help Britons maintain a healthy immune system, researchers say.
Keeping active while obeying social distancing advice can help us find and deal with pathogens plus slow the effect of ageing on immunity, they add.
A team at the University of Bath recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, such as walking, running or cycling.
They say those limited by a health condition or disability can still gain by aiming to move more and remember 'something is better than nothing'.
Dr James Turner, from the university, said: 'People should not overlook the importance of staying fit, active and healthy during this period.' 
The study, in the journal Exercise Immunology Review, examined if exercise has a positive or negative effect on immunity.

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