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    Under current rules non-essential travel can be legally enforced/fined. This potentially means you are at the mercy of some local copper who takes it into their mind to decide what is essential, we've already seen our council licking their lips at the unprecedented level of control

    So if an officer asks you what you're doing, what are you required to say? Rather than explain which shop you're going to for what, etc, etc, can you simply answer "I'm off to buy essential supplies" or "I'm providing support to vulnerable people"? Is that sufficient or can they insist you go into detail?
    I've never really had any dealings with the police but I don't want to be bickering to defend the 12 bottles of red I bought from Oddbins, etc Neither do I want to be rude or seem suspicious, I just want to be firm and polite and not volunteer more than I need.

    You lot are obstinate and hate authority, so you can probably offer advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Under current rules non-essential travel can be legally enforced/fined. This potentially means you are at the mercy of some local copper who takes it into their mind to decide what is essential, we've already seen our council licking their lips at the unprecedented level of control

    So if an officer asks you what you're doing, what are you required to say? Rather than explain which shop you're going to for what, etc, etc, can you simply answer "I'm off to buy essential supplies" or "I'm providing support to vulnerable people"? Is that sufficient or can they insist you go into detail?
    I've never really had any dealings with the police but I don't want to be bickering to defend the 12 bottles of red I bought from Oddbins, etc Neither do I want to be rude or seem suspicious, I just want to be firm and polite and not volunteer more than I need.

    You lot are obstinate and hate authority, so you can probably offer advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whorty View Post
    Tell them you're off to the donut shop, they'll understand
    No, that's CID.

    Kebab shop for beat cops

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    I would start with something short and factual, like "Going to [insert supermarket name here]" and then if they enquire further then you need to decide how much detail to divulge.

    If pushed, have a sob story ready and get your phone out to record the interaction for posting on social meedja.

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    There's a website that sets out your rights - google 'police stop and search - what are your rights?', you'll find stuff there.

    those sites might even be updated to reflect current rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    No, that's CID.

    Kebab shop for beat cops
    We'll that's legal too. Sort of. How is going to get a kebab from the takeaway "essential travel"? But the shop is still open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    I would start with something short and factual, like "Going to [insert supermarket name here]" and then if they enquire further then you need to decide how much detail to divulge.

    If pushed, have a sob story ready and get your phone out to record the interaction for posting on social meedja.
    I'm not going to lie, clearly that's the easy option "I'm going to Tesco".

    Has anyone seen police enforcing this stuff locally? We've had posters put up on footpaths but we hardly ever get a police car in the village even in peacetime, mores the pity with groups of kids burning bins and so on!

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    There are reports coming in from around the country that the police trying to enforce "guidance" that bears little resemblance to the actual law. Quelle surprise. But, and having said that, just stay at home.
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