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Police issue 16 fines for social breaches

POLICE have urged people to stay home and follow social distancing guidance following a rise in the number of fines being issued under coronavirus regulations.

Between March 27 and April 9, officers in Dumfries and Galloway issued 16 fixed penalty notices to people who continually refused to comply with social distancing guidance.

In addition, crowds were dispersed following requests by local officers on 19 occasions, with official warnings given at two incidents. And police have had to use reasonable force to return people to their homes on three occasions in Dumfries and Galloway, while three arrests have also been made under the new regulations.

Across Scotland a total of 537 fixed penalty notices had been issued by April 9, with 35 arrests made.

Providing an update to Scottish government ministers last Friday, chief constable Iain Livingstone said: “Since the emergency powers came into effect two weeks ago, we have been required to take enforcement action in limited situations. “This has typically been during incidents where people do not comply with restrictions even after being spoken to by officers, for example house parties or gatherings in public where those involved refuse to disperse. “However, overall compliance has been very high in Scotland and I thank the public for their overwhelming co-operation and commitment. “Please – stay home, stay safe and follow the guidance. Do not make personal exemptions bespoke to your own circumstances. If you are out and about, officers may ask you why. I would encourage you to engage with officers, explain your circumstances, then listen to and act upon any guidance given.”

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