POLICE have pledged to increase patrols at Campsie Glen after photographs of groups of youths at the beauty sport emerged.

Photographs have emerged of large groups of young people enjoying the sun in large groups at the popular rural East Dumbartonshire beauty spot.

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Another photograph shows a large group of youths dressed in summer wear and sporting backpacks, waiting to board a number 75 First bus.

It is unclear whether this group were heading to the spot, as the bus does not travel as far as Campsie Glen but could be used as a connecting bus for youths travelling out from Glasgow. 

Glasgow Times:

A top police officer has said she is aware of ongoing issues with crowds of people travelling to Campsie Glen and that officers were working to discourage groups gathering in large numbers in the area. 

Chief Inspector Lorna Gibson said: "We are aware of issues in the Campsie Glen area and will increase patrols there to encourage those gathering to return home.

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"The regulations remain that people should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example for basic necessities, for exercise or recreation, for medical needs or travelling for work which cannot be done from home.

"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 protect the NHS 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 use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation."

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Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council's deputy chief executive for place, neighbourhood and corporate assets, said: "We continue to remind people to follow the Scottish Government guidance to manage Covid-19. That includes staying home and when out for recreation to stay local and not travel more than five miles.

"At all times you should maintain 2 metres distance from others who are not part of your household and practice good hand hygiene."