GLASGOW’S west end has the “highest number” number of illegal lockdown parties in Scotland.
The area has seen a sharp rise in illicit gatherings since last summer, with some rental properties being used for hosting parties.
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Between August 28 last year and January 8 there has been 223 police callouts concerning house parties.
Dundee is second with 213 in the same period.
Glasgow’s west end also tops the list for the most house party fines in Scotland, with 633 penalties issued between August 28 and January 8.
As revealed on Reporting Scotland today: “Glasgow’s West End, that’s an area with the highest number of house parties in the whole of Scotland.
“But in no way is this a local issue, it’s happening in every corner of the country.”
People desperate to have a good time have been throwing parties under the country’s strictest Level 4 measures, with the vast majority of Scots only supposed to leave their homes for essential purposes.
Some of those flouting the rules have even been booking short term accommodation to host parties.
As reported by BBC Scotland, rental bookings for illegal parties is on the increase.
Over the festive period in particular, sites like Booking.com were used to book unlawful gatherings.
On August 28 last year, cops were given the power to break up house parties which breached social gathering rules.
In the six months since, officers across Scotland have been called out 6,856 times.
The weekends of September 19 and 20 last year, and January 2 and 3 this year had the highest amount of callouts since August 29, with more than 550 callouts each weekend.
In one incident over the Christmas weekend, officers in Glasgow visited a property with 20 people in attendance.
In another in Inverclyde, a flat was hired “under false pretence” and more than 30 people were found partying at the address following complaints.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said: “The vast majority of the public have continued to comply with the regulations. We’re asking everyone to continue to do the right thing to stop the spread of this virus and protect public health as it’s clear that there is an ongoing risk.
“Parties and indoor gatherings of different households are not permitted and we will continue to use our enforcement powers to disperse large groups of people where necessary.
“Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance, and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to continue to use our enforcement powers as a last resort. Engagement with universities has been ongoing for some time and we are aware that many of them have put specific measures in place.
“Policing during the pandemic has always been challenging and it remains so. Officers have approached this challenge with professionalism and commitment as we would expect them to do.
“The safety and welfare of our officers and staff has been a concern and high priority since the pandemic began and we have worked tirelessly to ensure our people have the support they need as they continue to play a vital role in the national effort to combat coronavirus.”
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