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By Charlotte MacKay
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Lockdown arrests drop to zero

NO one has been arrested for breaching lockdown rules in Dumfries and Galloway for more than a month.

Data from Police Scotland’s Coronavirus Intervention (CVI) system up to May 20 shows that no arrests for breaching lockdown have been made since April 17.

Across Dumfries and Galloway police have recorded a total of 458 incidents where people have dispersed after being reminded of the lockdown guidance, while on a further 119 occasions officers had to instruct groups to disperse. And since April 6 officers have issued 30 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to people found to be breaching the lockdown rules. Of these, 21 were issued in the Dumfriesshire sub division and the remaining nine in Galloway.

The total number of regional arrests for lockdown breaches remains at seven.

Speaking at a Scottish Government briefing last week, chief constable Iain Livingstone said there would be an even greater emphasis on guidelines and advice as Scotland transitions out of lockdown over the coming months.

He said: “The consent and support shown by the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland is based on the very strong bond of trust that has been established over generations. “I am clear that we will continue to police with courtesy and fairness and with the support of our communities.”

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