Tens of thousands of lockdown breaking parties amid the second wave of coronavirus cases were dealt with by Police Scotland.
We recently revealed officers in Edinburgh were called to break up a the massive rave with strobe lights in January, where over 100 people had gathered.
Now an analysis of Police Scotland call logs from the throughout the second wave of the coronavirus crisis shows police were called to deal with 22,000 breaches, including a Hogmanay party in Dumfrieshire which saw 20 people from across the UK get together.
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Between December 24 and January 5, police attended 8,297 of noise public nuisance and disturbance across the country.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said cops had been faced with “challenging” situations during lockdown.
He said: “The vast majority of the public have continued to comply with the regulations.
“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. Policing during the pandemic has always been challenging and it remains so.”
It comes after local police leaders calls for officers to be prioritised for vaccination as key workers.
Andy Malcolm, chair of the federation’s east area, which represents most police officers in Scotland, said there was a risk officers would become “super spreaders” as they went from incident to incident.
He pointed out the risk officers face as they attend events where people are deliberately breaking lockdown rules, as well as dealing with people who were coronavirus positive but had flouted self-isolation rules.
The logs obtained by the Daily Record showed police found signs of a house party on November 29, with the occupier telling officers “he was hosting a birthday party and did not believe in the Covid legislation”
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A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The men and women of Police Scotland are the frontline in protecting communities and keeping Scotland safe. It is simply not acceptable that police officers and staff are attacked or abused while carrying out their duty.”
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