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Campers Fined for Breaching Lockdown Rules in Loch Tummel

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Campers have been fined by the police for breaching lockdown restrictions in Highland Perthshire over the weekend.

On Saturday the Police were called out to Loch Tummel where they dispersed groups and issued fines.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of a number of people camping near Loch Tummel in Perthshire around 7.10pm on Saturday, 20 March.

“Officers attended and engaged with the group encouraging them to disperse.

“Five fixed penalty notices were issued for breaches of Coronavirus legislation.

“People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes. The vast majority of people are complying with the legal restrictions on outdoor gatherings to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

“The Chief Constable has made it clear that we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives.”

Under the stay at home guidance, camping is not allowed since people in Scotland are only supposed to leave their homes for essential purposes.

Highland Ward Councillor, John Duff said: “To be clear, no one should be camping out overnight, away from home, at this time.

“It is against the law and quite rightly, anyone breaking the law will be on the wrong end of action from the police and authorities.

“When the time is right, we will welcome responsible visitors to Highland Perthshire. But that time is not here yet.”

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