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Jamie Bryson launches High Court challenge bid against PSNI interpretation of Covid-19 regulations

Loyalst blogger Jamie Bryson has taken particular issue with the interpretation of whether a member of the public can travel for exercise.
Rebecca Black, PA

A Loyalist blogger has launched a legal challenge against against the Police Service of Northern Ireland over their interpretation and enforcement of Covid-19 regulations.

Pre-action judicial review correspondence was served on the force on Friday.

Jamie Bryson has taken particular issue with the interpretation of whether a member of the public can travel for exercise.

“We all accept in this time of crisis that regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is necessary,” he said.

“However such draconian regulations must, as a matter not only of fairness but of law, be proportionate and sufficiently clear to enable citizens to regulate our behaviour in accordance with the law.

“The PSNI have in my view menaced citizens by essentially making up laws that do not exist, such as informing people they are prohibited from travelling for exercise.

“Pre-action Judicial Review correspondence has been served on the PSNI in which it is specifically asserted that the PSNI actions are unlawful, ultra vires of their statutory powers under the Regulations and in breach of Article 5 and Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.”

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