Police Scotland will double its presence as soon as Scotland’s journey ban comes into drive (Image: PA)
Police Scotland will double its presence alongside the border with England after the First Minister introduced harder Covid restrictions this month.
Talking at a press convention on Saturday, Nicola Sturgeon introduced there could be a ‘strict travel ban’ preventing people from moving to other parts of the UK from Scotland over the tip of the Christmas interval. The restrictions will come into drive on from 12am on Boxing Day.
Chief Constable lain Livingstone famous that it might not be ‘applicable or proportionate for officers to ascertain checkpoints or roadblocks to easily implement journey restrictions’. He as a substitute mentioned that ‘extremely seen patrols’ could be going down on the roads.
In a press release, he continued: ‘Right this moment, I’ve authorised the doubling of our operational presence within the Border areas of Scotland.
‘These extremely seen patrols will probably be proactively deployed on our street networks to proceed our operational exercise to make sure drivers and automobiles are in a match situation to drive.
‘The patrols will even deter anybody who could be contemplating breaching the coronavirus journey restrictions.’
The restrictions start on Boxing Day (Image: PA)
Mr Livingstone went on to say he anticipated roads to be ‘quieter than typical’ over the approaching days. The deliberate easing of restrictions throughout the festive interval in Scotland at the moment are restricted to simply Christmas Day, as they’re additionally in Wales and England.
He went on: ‘We have now been clear all through this public well being disaster that your police service is right here to assist our collective effort to fight coronavirus.
‘Although the foundations have modified usually and, at instances, rapidly, officers and employees will proceed with frequent sense, empathy and discretion to work with our fellow residents to assist maintain everybody secure.
‘It’s the consent of the general public from which policing in Scotland attracts its legitimacy. As our communities anticipate, the place officers encounter wilful, persistent or flagrant breaches we’ll act decisively to implement the legislation.’
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