THREE people have been charged with assaulting police after officers raided a home because they were told there were “too many people inside”.
Footage taken on Wednesday night shows two officers knocking on a door in Aberdeen after a member of the public reported an alleged breach of coronavirus restrictions.
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Footage shows officers attending a property in Aberdeen on Wednesday nightCredit: Facebook
At the start of the clip a police officer can be seen standing in the hallway speaking to a man and woman.
The woman can be heard telling him: “My house. That is bullying. This is my house. Get out of my house. I did not ask you in here.”
The man and woman then ask cops to leave.
Two women, aged 18 and 48, and a 43-year-old man were charged in connection with assaulting police officers and threatening and abusive behaviour.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We received a report of an ongoing party in breach of coronavirus regulations at a property on Fonthill Road, Aberdeen, around 11.20pm on Wednesday, 6 January, 2021.
“Officers attended and two women (aged 18 and 48) and a 43-year-old man were charged in connection with assaulting police officers and threatening and abusive behaviour and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.”
Three people have been charged with assaulting policeCredit: Facebook
The video shows a commotion between the residents and the policeCredit: Facebook
In Scotland households are banned from mixing indoors, unless under specific childcare or support bubble arrangements.
Police have powers to break up groups of more than 15 people meeting in houses under Covid laws.
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said today: “As things stand at this time, I’m satisfied about the legitimacy and the proportionality of the police response.”
He could not make a full comment for legal reasons – but added the incident was also recorded by police body cameras, saying: “I would urge everybody to exercise caution when you see a partial coverage of a particular incident.
“Do not read into things that you can’t see and do not make inferences that are not clearly there.
“I don’t think it’s fair to everybody involved and it does generate concern which may not be legitimate.”
Leaving the house in Scotland without a reasonable excuse was made illegal this week with large gatherings banned after the country was thrown back into lockdown.
Nicola Sturgeon announced the crackdown on Monday, with Boris Johnson plunging England into similar measures hours later.
Ms Sturgeon’s deputy, John Swinney, later confirmed police will take enforcement action on rule breakers.
And Police Scotland’s Chief Constable, Mr Livingstone, added cops will have “increased patrols” to encourage people to do the right thing.
He added: “Where officers encounter wilful breaches, they will act decisively to enforce the law.”
Ms Patel told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme more than 800 fines had already been issued in the past two weeks for “egregious” breaches of coronavirus rules.
In England, police can dish out fines of up to £6,400 to Brits who are caught flouting the new lockdown rules.
They are also allowed to break up crowds.
Police have been instructed to issue fines more quickly to “anyone committing obvious, wilful and serious breaches”.
Those holding, or involved in holding an illegal gathering of more than 30 people risk a police-issued fine of £10,000.