Police Scotland is investigating potential culpable and reckless conduct charges against organisers of a house party attended by more than 300 people in Midlothian.
Around 12.20am on Sunday, August 30, 2020, officers attended reports of a large-scale party run as a commercial event within a rented property.
More than 300 people were attending this paid-for event in clear breach of the current legislation in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The medical advice is quite clear that an event such as this clearly posed significant potential health risks to all those attending, anyone coming into contact with them and all members of the emergency services who responded.
All those present were dispersed by officers and a 29-year-old man was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. Further enquiries are being carried out to investigate potential culpable and reckless conduct charges and licensing breaches.
Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said “Those attending this organised event showed a blatant disregard for the regulations in place to help save lives and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“Further investigations are being carried out with a view to what other charges may be brought, including culpable and reckless conduct.
“Anyone attempting to hold such an event, or any party in clear breach of the law, should be aware they will be met with a robust response from Police Scotland.
“I cannot stress enough the serious risk to public health an event of this size poses not only to those present and anyone they come into contact with, but also the wider community and all those from the emergency services who attended.”
During last weekend, Police Scotland officers responded to reports of around 300 house parties across the country, dispersed those attending and issued six Fixed Penalty Notices.
Five Fixed Penalty Notices were issued after officers attended reports of a house party in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, around 8pm on Saturday, August 30, 2020.
Two men were also arrested in connection with a disturbance at the property.
DCC Graham added: “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.
“Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. We will, however, use enforcement where necessary and appropriate.”