Police Scotland should resist pressure to adopt a heavy handed approach

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone – asked to go ‘Softly, Softly’ at the Border.

By Lucy Ashton

Commenting on Chief Constable Iain Livingstone’s statement that police presence at the border will be increased, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The police have been rightly commended for their proportionate response to the travel restrictions. The guidance has a range of exemptions so we need the police to act in a sensitive and helpful fashion.  

“That proportionate response should not just apply to the English border but across Scotland. There is a significant difference in the infection rate between the Highlands and central belt so that will need attention  too but in an intelligent way. 

“Police Scotland should resist pressure to adopt a heavy handed approach whether it is on the English border or across Scotland.”

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