UK police warned against ‘overreach’ in use of virus lockdown powers

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UK police warned against ‘overreach’ in use of virus lockdown powers

Exclusive: policing chiefs seek to set out legal powers forces have in coronavirus lockdown

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Police chiefs are drawing up new guidance warning forces not to overreach their lockdown enforcement powers after withering criticism of controversial tactics to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Guardian has learned.

The intervention comes amid growing concern that some forces are going beyond their legal powers to stop the spread of Covid-19, with one issuing a summons to a household for shopping for non-essential items and another telling locals that exercise was “limited to an hour a day”.

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