Local lockdowns could bring disorder and anger directed at police, warn advisors – Latest News


The city has almost 3,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic hit, with 866 confirmed in the last two weeks alone.

A spike in coronavirus cases in Leicester means that it could have to impose a city-wide lockdown.

Leicester could be forced to undertake the UK’s first local lockdown as more than 800 cases of Covid-19 were identified in the city in the last two weeks

Shops across Leicester have reopened

Cops may be used to enforce stricter local lockdowns

Leicester East Labour MP Claudia Webbe is pushing for the city to lockdown as the rest of England eases out of the restrictions, The Sun reports.

Local lockdowns could cause ‘significant disorder’ with anger being directed at cops, advisers have warned the government.

Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday that there have been outbreaks at food facilities and five schools have closed.

It follows police breaking up illegal raves in Manchester at the height of the nationwide restrictions.

But the Security sub-group, which works with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has warned that local lockdowns are not suitable for Britain.

Ms Webbe cited “significant levels of African and Asian minority ethnic communities” and “significant levels of poverty”, with BAME people known to be disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

Papers submitted to the Government in May said that imposing restrictions locally might “undermine the consensus that has been built on the need for restrictive measures and lead to significant issues of disorder”.

Keele University experts say that such lockdowns would be seen as discriminating against a specific area of the UK, it emerged today.

They read: “The measures as proposed would entail the use of state power in an unprecedented way that could be perceived as discriminatory.

“A consensus has evolved in the UK over the last weeks concerning the need for restrictive measures which suggests that support for restrictive measures is contingent upon a sense of equality of sacrifice (i.e. we are all in together). The proposed scheme undermines this core proposition.”

Sir Peter Soulsby, the city’s mayor, is demanding more testing data before deciding whether to pursue a lockdown.

The group fears that any anger over a perceived unfairness in the lockdowns would be unfairly aimed at the police in most cases.

Priti Patel said that support would be given to Leicester but Labour’s shadow health secretary, Leicester South MP Jonathan Ashworth accused her of being ‘in a muddle’ about what action would be taken.

But he said Number 10 needs to do more to help, because the city council doesn’t have the powers necessary to reintroduce restrictions on movement.


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