At 72 per cent, working class 'C1/C2' voters are more likely to think the government is behaving as though 'it is one rule for them and another rule for everyone else', while 69 per cent are more likely to say Mr Cummings is not telling the truth than voters overall. … [Read more...] about Durham Police investigation finds that Dominic Cummings DIDN’T break lockdown rules with 260-mile trip to find childcare – but ‘might have’ breached guidance with drive to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight
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Durham police said that had Cummings been stopped by an officer while driving to or from Barnard Castle, the officer "would have spoken to him, and, having established the facts, likely advised Mr Cummings to return to the address in Durham, providing advice on the dangers of travelling during the pandemic crisis." … [Read more...] about Brexit Mastermind Cummings Did Breach COVID-19 Guidelines, Police Says
They added: “Durham constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence contrary to regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. (We are concerned here with breaches of the regulations, not the general government guidance to ‘stay at home’).” … [Read more...] about Dominic Cummings potentially broke lockdown rules, say Durham police
The Crown Prosecution Service have already taken this step, and they found that every single Coronavirus Act charge reviewed so far needed to be reversed. The NPCC must undertake the same exercise, particularly considering that FPNs are issued with much lower scrutiny than the charges already reversed by the CPS. Further, individuals are likely to be reluctant to contest FPNs, as this puts them at risk of prosecution, and they may incur legal and financial risks. … [Read more...] about Every Fine Issued By Police Under COVID-19 Rules Must be Reviewed, UK Civil Liberties Groups Say
Several legal commentators immediately focused on the conditional point. David Allen Green tweeted: “The ‘might’ in the statement means that the police would have ‘considered’ that there was a breach for the exercise [of] the 8(3)(a) power. It would not be for the police officer to determine criminal liability: that is a matter for the court.” … [Read more...] about What does Durham police’s statement on Dominic Cummings tell us?