Sport Barbarians squad who broke Covid rules won't face police investigation
Jeremy Corbyn's brother leads new demonstration against Covid lockdown
The 73-year-old, who was previously fined £10,000 for his part in a previous rally, stood with a megaphone among the crowd that had gathered in Oxford Street earlier today. The anti-mask protestors, who were flanked by police, held placards that read 'burn your mask' and 'this is now tyranny'. The group is calling for an end to social distancing and face masks as well as wanting to halt any coronavirus vaccines. It comes as Londoners started adjusting to life in Tier 2 after waking up with more coronavirus curbs.
Former England captain Chris Robshaw and his Barbarians team-mates who broke coronavirus protocols last week will not face a police investigation.
Footage emerged on social media over the weekend showing a group from the invitational club engaging in a drinking session at the Running Horse pub in Mayfair.
It was one of two nights out that resulted in last Sunday's non-cap international against England being cancelled, costing the Rugby Football Union in the region of £1million in lost broadcast and sponsorship revenue.
Robshaw was present with Sean Maitland, Jackson Wray, Joel Kpoku, Fergus McFadden and Manu Vunipola, amongst others, and the group appeared to break a number of coronavirus regulations.
Chancellor set to unveil more support for businesses in Tier 2 areas
Businesses in parts of England under Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions will get further financial support in a package unveiled by the chancellor today, according to reports. Rishi Sunak will announce the new measures - aimed particularly at pubs, bars and restaurants - in the Commons later, according to The Daily Telegraph.Currently, hospitality premises in "high risk" areas such as London and Birmingham are only allowed to take customers from the same household, unless mixed groups sit outside, resulting in a considerable drop in footfall.
However, the Metropolitan Police have declined to look into the players' misconduct.
'The Met will not investigate COVID breaches retrospectively unless they are the most dangerous and flagrant breaches of the regulations. The Met is not investigating this incident,' a statement read.
The RFU is still investigating the events of last week and is expected to issue disrepute charges against a number of players by Friday.
All cases would be heard by an independent disciplinary panel appointed by the RFU, which is likely to convene for the first time next week.
Five players including Robshaw and his former England team-mate Richard Wigglesworth apologised on social media for breaching protocols.
The resulting loss in revenue from the Barbarians' misdemeanour comes at a time when the RFU are battling a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in 140 people being made redundant.
Furthermore, it robbed England of their warm-up for Saturday's Six Nations finale against Italy when Eddie Jones' men are aiming to win the title.
Police on curfew patrol as Spain fights nightlife infections .
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — At 10:00 p.m. each night, Barcelona's professional crime fighters become wet blankets in uniforms. Police officers fan out across the coastal city in northwestern Spain to break up clandestine parties and to clear the streets of young adults drinking alcohol, enforcing a nationwide curfew the Spanish government ordered to slow down the spread of coronavirus. Associated Press journalists accompanied officers from the Mossos d’Esquadra, the police force for Spain’s Catalonia region, on curfew patrol.