Whilst many people in the UK may have been directly affected by the COVID-19 disease itself, what is increasingly clear is that almost everyone in the UK has been affected by the goverment’s response to the disease. From loss of employment through all manner of restrictions on daily activity to being unable to be at the bedside of a loved one as they passed away, the Coronavirus Act 2020 and its offshoots have been both broad and deep in their impact.
What many people don’t realise is that, however mildly or severely the pandemic response has affected them, they may well be the victim of a crime and be able to to report that crime to the police.
We believe that the Government has repeatedly committed criminal offences against the population. But in order for anything to be done, the victims of those crimes need to step forward and report them to the police.
So if you have been affected by the government’s actions of the last few months, you might want to consider reporting a crime to your local police force.
To find out more about the crimes we believe have been committed and how to go about reporting them to the police, please read through the information on the tabs below. At the end, if you decide you would like to report a crime, you’ll be asked to provide your contact details so we can send you a crime report template and an Evidence Bundle to give to your local police station.
There are two potential criminal offences that have been committed. Here are their definitions.
MISFEASANCE IN PUBLIC OFFICE
Misfeasance in Public Office is a common law remedy for harm caused by acts or
omissions that amounted to:
- an abuse of public power or authority;
- by a public officer;
- who either:
- knew that he or she was abusing their public power or authority, or
- was recklessly indifferent as to the limits to or restraints upon their
public power or authority;
- and who acted or omitted to act:
- with either the intention of harming the claimant (so-called
“targeted malice”), or
- with the knowledge of the probability of harming the claimant, or
- with a conscious and reckless indifference to the probability of
harming the claimant.
- with either the intention of harming the claimant (so-called
Source: The Law Commission
MISCONDUCT IN PUBLIC OFFICE
- a public officer acting as such;
- who wilfully neglects to perform his duty and/or wilfully misconducts himself;
- to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder;
- without reasonable excuse or justification.
Source: Crown Prosecution Service citing Attorney General’s Reference No 3 of 2003  EWCA Crim 868.
The government’s response to the pandemic has affected each of us in different ways and to differing degrees. It is for each person to consider and tell the police about the way they have been a victim. You can also make a report on behalf of someone you are the guardian or carer for e.g. children, elderly relatives or vulnerable adults who may be unable to report the crime themselves. We are not legal advisers and cannot tell you what to say in your report. But here are a few examples of the sorts of ways people have been affected, that might help you to reflect on your own life and those of your family in recent months.
Mental breakdown, attempted suicide, self harm, excessive drugs and alcohol intake. New addictions as a result of trying to cope with the situation. Loneliness and isolation causing significant depression. The mental health impact of job uncertainty or job and business loss. The stress of not being able to access healthcare for other conditions. Distress caused by being unable to visit relatives and friends – or receive visitors, particularly where hospital and care home visits are concerned. Mental anguish of having to cancel weddings and other important life events. The emotional impact of the limits on funeral attendances and forced social distancing at a time of unimaginable grief. Emotional and developmental harm to children from not being able to attend school, being unable to socialise with friends, cancelled birthday parties, seeing adults wearing masks (both the stress of this and the effect it has on young children learning to read facial expressions), being forced to wear masks for long hours in school. The emotional impact of unnecessary injury, suicides and preventable deaths on other family members. Excessive stress and worry brought on by the government’s handling of the pandemic and measures imposed such as mental anguish brought on by the messages delivered through the media, the stress of being forced to wear a mask (especially if you have an exemption) for fear of backlashes, being pressured into being tested for the virus even if you feel well, concern about being forced to have a rushed vaccine, whether directly or via restrictions on freedom if you don’t – or it being made a condition of your continued employment. Healthcare workers being forced to or coerced against their professional expertise and guidance, to alter, deface or add anything to any death certificate or medical document regarding COVID-19 and threatened with dismissal if they refused to comply. Blackmail and forgery offences committed under duress. Police officers suffering stress due to pressure to impose new regulations that they feel are morally wrong.
Domestic abuse, child abuse, assault arising from lockdowns and being unable to escape from an existing or new abuser. Suicides through feelings of isolation or helplessness. Any incidents of injury or death as a direct result of Covid legislation that would not have happened otherwise. Injury caused by not being able to access healthcare services e.g. a health condition that has worsened or is untreatable due to the lockdowns. Injury to or death of elderly people living alone or in care homes who have not received their usual amount of support. Injury and illness as a direct result of wearing a mask (e.g. dermatitis, acne, strep throat, mouth ulcers, chest infections).
The financial impact of lockdowns and other measures such as loss of job and income or business. Cancelled weddings, holidays, increased debt, selling of assets to cover bills, reduced income. Bankruptcy or insolvency or having to close your business to prevent either of these. Additional childcare costs or having to take time off work due to schools being closed. Additional accommodation costs as a result of having to isolate from your family (e.g. as a key worker). Additional transport costs due to public transport being cancelled or reduced. Being forced into homelessness or temporary accomodation by eviction or repossession. Student debt incurred when universities returned then went straight into lockdown.
We appreciate that for many people, reporting a crime is a new experience. We want to help make this as easy as possible for you by explaining what you need to do and what to expect after you’ve made your report.
Your local police force are duty bound to accept your crime report and ensure that it is dealt with. This doesn’t automatically mean they will acknowledge that a crime has been committed, but the more people who submit reports, the more likely they are to take the accusations seriously.
FILING YOUR CRIME REPORT
GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS
COMPLETE THE FORM
Fill in the name and date of birth of the victim, the name of the person reporting the crime (if different), the address and telephone number.
In the middle section, set out all the ways that the victim has been affected using the three sections Harm, Injury and Loss.
Finally sign and date the form.
Make sure you make two copies – one to take to the police station and one to keep for your own records.
Next, download and print a copy of our “Evidence Bundle”. You only need one evidence bundle for up to ten crime reports. We have included information that shows that the government’s response to the pandemic has been disproportionate and that the pandemic is now over yet lockdown measures continue.
SUBMIT TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION
Take both copies of your crime report and a copy of the Evidence Bundle to your local police station. Ask the police officer accepting your paperwork to sign and date both copies of your crime report and stamp or print the police station information on them.
AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR REPORT
The police must give you a log number as evidence of receipt of your report. Make sure you keep this for future reference.
A FOLLOW UP PHONE CALL
A police officer from your local station or elsewhere in the force may telephone you to discuss your crime report. Remember that you are the victim of a crime, not the perpetrator. Keep notes of who called you, what they asked you and what you said. If speaking to the officer is too daunting or upsetting for you, explain that to them and ask them to put any questions in writing.
A VISIT FROM A POLICE OFFICER
You may receive a home visit from a police officer to discuss your crime report. This may, or may not be by prior appointment. Again, remember that you are the victim here. If an appointment hasn’t been made, you do not have to allow them into your house if you don’t feel comfortable. You can ask them to come back another time and you can arrange to have someone with you when they visit. Take your own notes of who came to visit and what was said.
REFERRAL TO A DIFFERENT POLICE FORCE
We have gathered a lot of evidence that shows the government has commited the crimes. New evidence is emerging all the time through scientific studies, freedom of information requests and investigations. The government also continue to commit the crimes by continuing with their lockdowns, mask mandates and other measures, knowing or failing to take account of the harm they are doing.
What we want people to do is keep going back to their police station with more and more evidence. This ensures the cases remain open and continue to be investigated.
When you complete the form below, you will be taken to a page to download your crime report form and the first bundle of evidence. Every week we will release a new bundle containing additional documents for you to print and take to the police.
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