Scottish wedding party halted by police

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A Scottish wedding party came to a dramatic end, when a police officer stepped in to break up the gathering due to strict new Coronavirus guidelines.

Police officers attended the Bank of Fleet Hotel in Dumfriesshire, where over 100 guests were enjoying the celebration.

But the party came to a halt when local police stepped in to enforce the new rules.

A spokesperson from Police Scotland said "Police visited a number of licensed premises on Saturday following Government guidelines for them to close.

"One of the premises in Gatehouse of Fleet had a wedding ongoing.

"Officers advised of the guidelines and the family took the decision to stop the event and send the guests home."

The hotel was criticised on social media by members of the public for ignoring the new guidelines which have been put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Facebook user Suzanne Thorpe commented "They are not only putting their staff at risk and the wedding party at risk, they are putting the whole community, the whole county at risk. Why?  I'm sure everyone involved did not mean any harm. They just didn't think through the potential risks involved."

Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer said, "It's very difficult to talk to people about not socialising, about not having wedding receptions.

"One person at one of these events may actually have the opportunity to pass the virus to many, many others."

Staff at the Bank of Fleet Hotel have so far refused comment.

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