Cops break up house parties in Paisley in wake of new Covid-19 rules

Police in Paisley were forced into breaking up a number of house parties in the wake of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid-19 crackdown.

Officers responded to Covidiot complaints involving a string of defiant gatherings on Saturday evening, with a number of people warned over ignoring public health guidance.

Chief Inspector Rhona Fraser said police in Paisley were tasked with a “very busy night” involving officers visiting houses and speaking to occupants about breaking strict pandemic regulations.

She said: “It was a very busy night with officers attending homes in Paisley where people were in breach of Covid-19 regulations.

“It is unknown if this was in response to First Minister’s statement on Saturday evening, but police were in attendance at homes throughout the evening.”

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a full lockdown from Boxing Day in an attempt to halt a new strain of the virus spreading further.

She said “firm preventative action” was needed after the emergence of a faster-spreading strain of coronavirus.

Bubbles can only meet on December 25 – with Tier Four restrictions running for three weeks from Boxing Day.

Ms Sturgeon said eight people from three households would still be allowed to meet on Christmas Day, but she stressed people should stay at home where possible.

She added a strict travel ban to and from the rest of the UK would remain in place over the festive period – even on Christmas Day.

Schools will return later than planned after the Christmas holidays, with lessons resuming from  January 11, with learning taking place online until at least 18 January.

The new virus strain spreading south of the border is up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the current variant.

Daily Record – Paisley