A terrified 12-year-old girl hid behind her mother when police turned up at her home to check that she was self-isolating – afraid she was going to be arrested.
Officers then came to her home the next evening in what the family said was a riot van, prompting a ‘meltdown’ from the bewildered schoolgirl.
Charlotte Crook had been at home following the rules after a positive coronavirustest and her shocked mother Kathryn yesterday branded the police response ‘overkill’.
Throughout the pandemic, police have faced accusations of heavy-handedness in enforcing Covid restrictions.
It comes after business leaders warned the ‘pingdemic’ was causing chaos for families, firms and hospitals and demanded changes on the NHS Covid-19 app to avoid a ‘self-inflicted economic wound’.
NHS chiefs have also warned the system was making it ‘increasingly difficult’ to deliver routine care and said hospitals were now scrapping operations because so many workers were having to self isolate.
Nearly 900,000 alerts telling people to quarantine were issued in the first week of this month following contact with a coronavirus victim.
But rising numbers of people being forced into self-isolation has led unions to warn that factories across the country are on the ‘verge of shutting’ down.
Read more: As up to 900,000 Brits languish in pingdemic lockdown-by-stealth that’s crippling the country, mother demands apology after police turn up in a riot van turn up to check petrified daughter, 12, was self-isolating after positive ‘Covid’ test with a test not testing for the ‘virus’