Police move in to clear Kelvingrove Park

Around 15 police vehicles and a police helicopter arrived at Kelvingrove Park this evening as the council warned the area “is not open for parties”.

Police officers moved crowds of people onto neighbouring streets and confiscated alcohol, in a repeat of moves that took place on Saturday and Sunday after large groups gathered. The gates of the park were then shut.

Repeated mass gatherings in Kelvingrove Park have not adhered to social distancing rules.

Inspector Lesley Docherty, of Partick Police Office, said: “The regulations remain that people should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example for basic necessities, for exercise or recreation, for medical needs or travelling for work which cannot be done from home.

“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 by preventing the virus from spreading.

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“Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. We will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation.”