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Experts warn riots will be ‘inevitable’ if localised lockdowns are imposed

According to the Scientific Advisory Groups for Emergencies (SAGE) have warned that there is an increased risk of riots if the government imposes localised lockdowns.

Professor Clifford Stott of Keele University warned that various towns could be placed in to lockdown to prevent second waves of the virus spreading across communities.

The SAGE briefing papers say, “Restrictions imposed in the UK during the epidemic have not led to conflict thus far because they have been perceived as fair.

“Any sense of inequality arising from the imposition of selective measures would likely lead to civil disorder and feed the propaganda of extremist groups and hostile states.

“Households within local areas may also fear retaliation if cases within a neighbourhood prevent release and may conceal cases as a result.”

Matt Hancock the Health Secretary announced earlier this week that there could be localised lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Two leading experts said during giving evidence that it is “far from inevitable” this will lead to civil unrest in parts of England.

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