UK prosecutors forced to withdraw 17 of 83 wrongly brought lockdown prosecutions
Seventeen of 93 UK prosecutions for breaches of emergency coronavirus laws in May were incorrect or for offences that did not exist. All but one of the 17 were stopped at the first court appearance. In total, nine prosecutions were brought under the Coronavirus Act; all were dismissed because there was no evidence the people concerned were potentially infectious, which is what the act covers. Of the 84 brought under the health protection regulations, four were withdrawn because they related to homeless people, two because Welsh regulations were used in England, and two on evidential grounds.
Writer: Owen Bowcott