MSP praises Highlands and Islands communities for COVID-19 compliance

Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has praised the overwhelming majority of individuals in the Highlands and Islands for complying with the emergency regulations to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 24th April 2020, 12:02 pm

Mr Finnie’s comments come after Police Scotland published figures showing how they had used emergency powers in Highland & Islands Division.

The figures reveal that the overwhelming majority of people are complying with regulations, however Police Scotland did note that in the Highland & Islands area:

226 dispersed after being informed by police

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25 dispersed after being instructed

90 fixed penalty notices were issued

3 people were returned home using reasonable force

4 arrests were made

Commenting on the figures, the Highlands and Islands MSP said: “It is heartening to see that the overwhelming majority of people in Highlands and Islands continue to comply with the emergency regulations.

“The current situation is strange, and we are all being asked to act differently. But the sense of community spirt that has come to the fore in recent weeks has been remarkable and I commend all those who are saving lives by heeding the advice and staying at home.

“The Police have been given new powers to deal with those flouting the law during this unprecedented emergency.

“I believe that overall these powers are being used responsibly, however it is important that the highest level of scrutiny applies and in that regard I welcome the appointment of top human rights lawyer John Scott QC to oversee the use of these exceptional powers.”