Hundreds of Scots have been condemned by police for invading a popular beauty spot and breaking lockdown rules.
More than 200 sunseekers, mainly young people, headed to Campsie Glen in East Dunbartonshire over the last 48 hours and were moved on by officers – with four men arrested for various offences.
Chief Inspector Lorna Gibson, from East Dunbartonshire Police, had to draft in extra officers and vowed to get tough with louts.
Inspector Gibson said officers witnessed countless groups of youths engaging in antisocial behaviour with some having no regard for the impact their behaviour was having on local residents.
Speaking in a video posted on social media CI Gibson said: “Local officers and I are responding to a high demand for our services and this has been exacerbated by the recent spell of good weather and slight easing of lockdown restrictions.
“On Monday night we required assistance from additional resources to deal with large crowds of people who had travelled from out with the local area to congregate at Campsie Glen.
“Engaging in antisocial behaviour and being involved in criminality will not be tolerated. If you engage in any kind of antisocial behaviour or criminality then you’ll be dealt with robustly.
“The volume of people travelling into this area cannot be sustained safely and I would remind you that the Scottish Government regulations remain that people should only leave the house for very limited purposes.”
Inspector Gibson pleaded for people to consider whether any journey is necessary before travelling to places where they would be turned away.
Police patrols of the Campsie Glen and Clachan of Campsie areas will be bolstered over the coming days, and Scots have been reminded to follow the Scottish Government guidelines.
We told earlier of fury after lockdown litter louts trashed a number of beauty spots over the weekend.
Beauty spots in Argyll and Bute, the Borders, Perthshire, Glasgow and Ayrshire were left covered in debris as thousands of Scots flocked to the parks and beaches to enjoy sizzling temperatures.
Hundreds of people shared pictures on social media of their weekend revelry as they spent their days sunbathing, drinking and partying in public spots.
Sunseekers in Luss left the sandy shore of the small village covered in rubbish and discarded items, while rugs, trainers, deckchairs and rubbish were left discarded on Stevenston beach.
A kid’s Woody doll from Disney classic Toy Story, was left along with burnt out BBQs, sweet packets and booze bottles in the remnants of a party near Innerleithen, close to Megget Reservoir, on Saturday night.