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Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:27 - Updated Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:24

Easter egg ban and lake dyeing - UK police chided for overzealous response

LONDON (Reuters) - From a ban on shops selling Easter eggs to flying drones to spot people defying self-isolation guidelines, police measures to control the spread of the coronavirus have upset some Britons living in a nationwide lockdown.

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Some feel the police actions are heavy-handed and applied inconsistently. One retired judge suggested Britain was turning into a police state, although other countries from Spain to Vietnam have applied more draconian measures.

New regulations brought in last Thursday give police the power to issue instant 30-pound ($37) fines to people who gather in groups of more than two people or leave their homes without good reason such as for work, food-shopping or exercise.

The measures were introduced to help stop the spread of COVID-19 after thousands of Britons appeared to be ignoring advice on social distancing.

As the death toll in Britain rose above 1,400 and hospitals struggled to cope with thousands of cases, some people focused their wrath on a reported Easter egg ban.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) said some retailers had been told by police and local authorities to restrict what they sold, including Easter egg

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