The police want powers to be able to enter homes and shut down parties and BBQs they deem unnecessary under lockdown laws.Well, of course they do. Except for mosques and traveller encampments, of course..!
The Police Federation, who represent rank and file officers, believe there is a technicality in the current measures that mean they cannot enter a private property to break up a house party, unless they are allowed in by the householders.Are they sure? Because they do seem to have problems interpreting the powers they've been given...
The Met’s mistake relates to a case involving a man arrested outside Tooting leisure centre in south-west London on 28 March. The defendant was charged with breaching the Coronavirus Act 2020 as well as with possession of class B drugs and “going equipped to steal”. He pleaded guilty to all the charges at Wimbledon magistrates court.
A force spokesman said: “It was identified this legislation had been applied incorrectly. The [coronavirus] charge and fine were subsequently set aside. The charges for possession of class B drugs and going equipped to steal were not overturned and the £200 fine stands.
“However, [he] was incorrectly charged with an offence under the Coronavirus Act 2020. This legislation only relates to ‘potentially infectious persons’, which was not applicable in these circumstances.”And that's the second incorrect application of the new law. That they've admitted to so far, anyway.
Despite the clamour for new lockdown powers, they are very unlikely to be green-lit by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
A Home Office source told the newspaper: 'It would be a really big step for policing in this country that is not needed at this point.
'Also police can issue the fixed penalty notice as they travel to or from the party.'You wonder why the so-called 'professional' police farce didn't think of that, don't you?