Busy on the Beat
While most people have been out enjoying themselves and taking pictures of that yacht, the police said two people were in court this morning for Covid offences. The police were also out doing speed checks by the Airport on Saturday and issued eight Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices to speeding drivers in just over one hour.
Hairdressers, homeware shops and garden centres are reopening in Scotland as Covid restrictions continue to be relaxed. Non-essential click-and-collect services are also allowed to resume. They are the latest lockdown measures to be relaxed after the Scottish government lifted its “stay at home” rule on Friday. Other businesses reopening include key cutting, mobility equipment, baby equipment and electrical repairs. Deputy First Minister John Swinney urged people to remember the virus is still circulating and to continue following the rules.
Police and politicians have called for attacks on officers in Northern Ireland to stop. Police Federation chair Mark Lindsay said ‘older more sinister elements’ were influencing younger people to attack officers. Petrol bombs were thrown at police in Carrickfergus on Sunday night, and bins were set alight. Police in Newtownabbey were attacked for the second night in a row and officers in Londonderry were targeted with petrol bombs and masonry. The attacks come as tensions escalate in Northern Ireland over the sea border that was created with the rest of Great Britain as a result of the Northern Irish Protocol in Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
Free Tests in England
Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday, under an extension of the government’s testing programme. The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available for free at testing sites, pharmacies and through the post. The health secretary said it would help squash any outbreaks as lockdown eases. But critics of the programme say it risks becoming a ‘scandalous’ waste of money.
Gatland in Guernsey
There has been a storm in a teacup in Guernsey this weekend in response to British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland visiting the island. Mr Gatland, who is due to lead the Lions on their tour of South Africa later this year was given special dispensation to visit Guernsey as he seeks for a training camp for his squad. Former Chief Minister Gavin St Pier said on Twitter: ’May yet prove to be real summer sporting coup for island but honestly am uncomfortable with special exemptions; risks perception of ‘one rule for us etc’ when so many have sacrificed so many important events in last year because of self-isolation rules which have kept us all safe.’