Police have given the Chief Medical Officer, Catherine Calderwood, a warning about her behaviour after she travelled with her family to her second home at the weekend.

Dr Calderwood was spotted and pictured out for a walk with her family after driving to the property in Fife from her main residence in Edinburgh, staying overnight then returning to the capital.

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She apologised for the trip and admitted it was not a “legitimate reason” to be out of her home.

She said “While I and my family followed the guidance on social distancing at all times, I understand that I did not follow the advice I am giving to others, and I am truly sorry for that.”

She said she has spken to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeona nd intends to carry on in her role.

Iain Livingstone, Police Scotland Chief Constable said officers have issued a warning and reminded her the instructions apply to everyone and people should not be making “bespoke” exemptions for themselves.

Mr Livingstone, said: “Earlier today, local officers visited Dr Catherine Calderwood and spoke to her about her actions, reiterated crucial advice and issued a warning about her future conduct, all of which she accepted.

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“The legal instructions on leaving your home without a reasonable excuse apply to everyone. Social distancing is the key intervention to curtail the spread of coronavirus and it is essential the instructions are followed to protect each other, support key workers, take strain from the NHS and save lives.

“Individuals must not make personal exemptions bespoke to their own circumstances. It is vital that everyone adheres to these requirements.”

MS Calderwood has faced calls to resign from the leader of every opposition party following the revelation she ignored the very advice she herself was promoting to the public.

Mr Livingstone added most people were following the rules but if not, officers were there to enforce

He added: “Police officers and staff are putting themselves in harms way day and night to explain these instructions to our communities, encourage co-operation and, where necessary, enforce them.

“I want to thank the overwhelming majority of people across the country who are doing their duty during this public health emergency.

Our fellow citizens are observing the guidance and making significant sacrifices and changes to their lifestyles and daily routines. I am grateful for their continued support and co-operation during this critical period.”


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