Three people have been charged with assaulting police after officers entered a family’s home because there were ‘too many people inside’.
Two officers visited an address in Aberdeen, Scotland at 11.20pm on Wednesday after the property was reported for breaching coronavirus rules.
It comes as gatherings are banned across the UK in strict new lockdowns as the NHS battles an increasing number of Covid-19 cases.
Footage of the incident shared online shows a police officer standing inside the hallway of a home as a woman was held back by another man.
She said: ‘My house. That is bullying. This is my house. Get out of my house. I did not ask you in here.’
A young boy can be seen in the video as the woman’s daughter said: ‘Just stop it mum.’
Police Scotland says two women, aged 18 and 48, and a 43-year-old man were charged on suspicion of assaulting police officers and threatening and abusive behaviour.
A spokesperson said: ‘We received a complaint from a member of the public regarding a breach of coronavirus regulations at a property in Aberdeen, around 11.20pm on Wednesday, January 6.
‘Officers attended and two women, aged 18 and 48, and a 43-year-old man were charged in connection with assaulting police officers and threatening and abusive behaviour and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.’
Legislation says officers are legally allowed to enter homes if ‘that person reasonably suspects that an offence under regulation 5(1) is taking place on the premises’.
Police forces say they are cracking down on rulebreakers by issuing more fines to those not wearing masks or attending group events.
Officers have been criticised for their heavy-handed approach towards enforcing the rules over the last few days.
Thames Valley Police apologised after its officers got a ‘bit keen’ and started handing out leaflets asking drivers ‘why are you here?’ to warn them off unnecessary travel.
Drivers were even turned away from beauty spots in Derbyshire while police grilled parents with a pushchair in Birmingham city centre.
But Priti Patel backed up these actions yesterday, claiming it is ‘right’ for people sat on park benches to be moved on, and argued police should stop people and ask why they are outside.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Police have done that, let’s be very clear about this.
‘Throughout this coronavirus pandemic, during the last lockdown, the police have been asking individuals why are they out and about and should they be out and about, when the message right now is stay at home.’
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