England: police to get power to use force to impose coronavirus lockdown


Proposals would allow use of ‘reasonable force’ if people refuse to go home

Police will be authorised to use force to send people back home if they refuse to obey the coronavirus lockdown, under government plans.

Ministers will issue fuller details by Thursday of how police will enforce the lockdown ordered by the prime minister on Monday, aimed at stopping the spread of the virus by keeping people apart.

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