Police Scotland issue 46 lockdown fines a day

Police have been issuing fines to people not following lockdown guidelines.

By Paul O’Hare, BBC Scotland News

Police Scotland issued 46 fines a day last week to people who flouted the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The force also made 33 arrests across the country related to violations of the Scottish government’s guidelines.

The latest figures, for week ending 1 July, bring the total number of fixed penalty notices to 3,616. This is an increase of 322 (9.8%) on the previous seven days.

Fines start at £30, doubling to £60 if they are not paid within 28 days. Repeat offenders can face fines of up to £960.

Meanwhile, the number of arrests since the lockdown was introduced now stands at 283.

Figures for last week also reveal 33 people were dispersed “using reasonable force”, 782 were “dispersed when instructed” and 5,218 were “dispersed when informed.”

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