A video which appeared to show a woman being arrested for breaching lockdown rules by sitting on a bench was “staged-managed”, say police.
The footage was widely-shared online as example of over-zealous officers cracking down on people suspected of flouting coronavirus regulations.
It featured a woman being handcuffed and led away in Bournemouth on Saturday as she repeatedly tells police: “I was sitting on a bench”.
Dorset Police said that officers were left with no choice after a group of anti-lockdown protesters refused to provide their details when asked.
Two of them were released after providing the information and issued with fines, while the third was fined after their details were verified in custody.
“We believe this video was planned, stage-managed and recorded by members of the protest group who turned up in