Published On: Fri, Apr 3rd, 2020

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Parts of the nation are tipped to hit 20C (68F) on Sunday amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Tory PCC Katy Bourne discussed the challenges on Friday’s Newsnight, She said: “This weekend is going to be probably one of the biggest challenges for policing nationally, so far.

“We know that we’re working in an environment where it’s quite fast-moving.

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“The legislation has only been in for a week or so.”

The UK is under lockdown as it struggles to come to grips with the virus.

Despite the warm weather anticipated, Britons are advised to only leave the home for essential business, such as buying food or medicine or going to work if they cannot work from home.

Though using the garden is allowed, social distancing advice still applies when it comes to interacting with neighbours over garden fences.

Ms Bourne continued telling host Mark Urban: “Already, we’ve seen quite a change and disruption to all our lives.

“But we know the weather is going to be good, people have had two weeks indoors and naturally there are many people who don’t have that outside space that others take for granted.

“So you can understand how they must be feeling, but again, I think we all understand why we’re doing this and that collective endeavour is felt by all of us.”

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“You must obtain the advice of a public health officer before exercising these powers unless it is totally impractical to do so.

“The purpose of these powers is to support Public Health in the testing and treatment of individuals, where needed, to avoid further transmission of the virus.”

BTP confirmed after a review with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Ms Dinou had been charged under the wrong section of the act.

They said they would ask for the conviction to be set aside until a more detailed review could be undertaken with the CPS.

Meanwhile, Warwickshire Police have said Robert Grant, 27, from Nuneaton has been charged with failure to comply with a restriction imposed under Coronavirus Act after a traffic collision in Bedworth last week.

Mr Grant is due to appear at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court on May 18 with Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, chief executive of the College of Policing, saying: “The legislation allows those caring for us to call on policing support if necessary.

“These are unprecedented times and we are clear that these powers are only to be used in exceptional circumstances and only on the advice or direction of healthcare professionals.”

Elections for PCCs in England and Wales had been due to take place in May but have been postponed for a year.

The role of PCC was introduced to make the police more accountable to the public they serve, though Greater London, Greater Manchester and the City of London have their Mayors as PCCs whilst the devolved legislatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland are responsible for the relevant police forces.



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