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Police Scotland condemn 'blatant disregard' for Covid legislation


By Alistair Whitfield

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Police Scotland say they were called out to break up more than 400 illegal house parties at the weekend.

The force has hit out at the "blatant disregard" being shown for legislation aimed at countering the rising infection numbers.

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A spokesperson said: "Our officers responded to 405 house parties across the country following reports of alleged breaches of coronavirus regulations this weekend.

"Six people were arrested and one fixed penalty notice was issued. The others attending house parties were given suitable advice and were dispersed."

Police Scotland say there was also a marked increase in reports of noise, public nuisance and disturbance.

Officers responded to 1852 separate incidents – a 41 per cent rise compared to the same weekend last year.

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: "We will not tolerate blatant disregard for the legislation which is there to help stop the spread of the virus."

DCC Graham also condemned those who assaulted two officers in Edinburgh over the weekend.

He said: "Our officers find themselves dealing with situations on a daily basis to protect the people and communities we serve.

"They are trained to a high level to deal with violent and confrontational situations.

"However, being assaulted is not simply part of the job and it cannot be tolerated."

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