Youth congregating at Falkirk skatepark despite lockdown

The majority of people across Falkirk district obeyed the ‘stay at home’ instructions over the Easter weekend.

By Jill Buchanan
Monday, 13th April 2020, 9:37 am
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 9:38 am

However, a handful chose to ignore the social distance rules and continued to gather in parks.

Crowds of youngsters were spotted in the skatepark at Bellsmeadow, Falkirk, while there were reports of people out enjoying the sunshine in Grangemouth open spaces.

Previously, Chief Superintendent Alan Gibson, divisional commander of Forth Valley division, had thanked communities for their efforts in staying home and helping tackle the spread of coronavirus.

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Falkirk skatepark in Bellsmeadow on Easter Sunday

He also urged them to continue staying safe over the holiday weekend.

He said: "I know that many of us are missing friends and family at this time, which is normally an occasion where we all gather together. However, it is essential that we all continue to play our part by staying at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

“I know this will be an unprecedented Easter weekend but it is essential we all play our part and I am grateful to those who have made significant changes to their daily habits and routines to help protect their fellow citizens."

latest figures show police in Forth Valley have issued 44 penalty notices and arrested one person who failed to comply with the new rules.

Police patrolling Callendar Park on Easter Sunday