Local MSP Appeals to Public to Stick to Rules as Lockdown Eases

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart (pictured), has contacted Police Scotland and Highland Council after complaints that the Loch-Ness-side village of Dores is being disturbed by large groups of people partying on the beach.

Mr Stewart was contacted by a constituent who was particularly concerned for those who were shielding in the area.

The MSP received reports that, in the last few days, there have been numerous groups, drinking, shouting, with music blaring and leaving litter and abandoned barbecues for the village to pick up.

With no toilet facilities, it was said that people were using the children’s playing field and going behind bushes where children play and that bottles were smashed on paths and in the woods and rubbish bags thrown into the fields.

According to the resident, last night the noise continued until late, prompting a call to the police.

Mr Stewart has also been sent photos of one of the gatherings and the mess that has been left behind.

“Obviously, in general, the public have behaved extremely well by sticking to the guidelines, but I am concerned that these gatherings could spark a second wave of Coronavirus,” said Mr Stewart, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister.

“I realise it’s been difficult for people, especially the young, but the last thing we need is for us to go back to square one and to be back into lockdown and for more lives to be put at risk.

“The police have been quick to respond to my contact yesterday and I do hope that they can ensure people visiting the area are doing so within the rules.”