A Police Officer Shot Dead
It is with great saddness that we begin today’s Daily Briefing reporting the murder of a MET police officer. Following an arrest of a man late last night on suspicion of possession of ammunition, during questioning about COVID-19, the suspect shot the police officer conducting the interview, and then turned the gun on himself.
It has been reported that no shots were fired by the police. An investigation is currently underway to find out fully what happened.
Our thoughts go to the family and friends of the victim.
Scottish Students’ Pub Ban
In other UK news today, Scottish students are being asked not to visit the pub or restaurants this weekend in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. This follows hundreds of new cases from Scottish students in the past few days.
The Scottish Student’s Union has criticised the decision, claiming that:
“Tonight’s announcement by Universities Scotland, and endorsed by the Scottish Government, unfairly blames students for the spread of coronavirus and takes the unjustified step of applying different rules to students over and above the rest of the adult population.”
The outrage seems to have been prompted by the fact that students have been welcomed back to universities, who have charged fees for attendance and have charged for students to be housed in their halls – but have upon arrival been immediately blamed for flair ups around Scotland which, they claim, are to be expected.
Additionally, the fact that many students feel like their courses do not actually require them to be at halls, due to the newly implemented online learning, has led to more anger at the fact that they were encouraged to go to uni in the first place – only subsequently to be blamed.
The Scottish government has claimed that this decision was necessary in order to stop coronavirus spreading.
Limited Items at Shops
In more UK news today, it has been announced that more shops are limiting items – similar to those at the beginning of the lockdown.
Although Morrisons had already begun to limit items earlier this week, Tesco has now joined them in doing so. Items such as flour, pasta, toilet roll and baby wipes now have a three item per person limit.
These supermarkets are trying to avoid a situation where such items were out of stock in shops – as happened earlier this year.
Let’s hope this works!
For those of you who think the news is too long, be sure to check out Monday’s daily briefing.