POLICE will not set up roadblocks or perform traffic stops to enforce the travel ban in Scotland which has today become law, a top cop has confirmed.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs pleaded with the public to obey the new rules, which come into place on Friday. 

In a statement released publicly, the high-ranking Police Scotland officer confirmed there would be no routine stopping of vehicles or setting up roadblocks, comments echoed on previous occasions by the Chief Constable. 

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He said that officers would however, "exercise common sense, discretion and excellent judgement" in cases where vehicles were spotted, the course of officers' normal duties, travelling across local authority boundaries. 

Mr Spiers noted that the public had in "the vast majority" of cases, been complying with the regulations. 

He added: "People have been exceptionally quick to act when new restrictions are introduced. The mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops is evidence of this.

"Scotland is, generally, a law-abiding nation and I fully expect that public support to continue as these new measures are introduced.

"Therefore, the policing approach we adopted from the outset of the pandemic will not change.

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"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 where there is a clear breach of the legislation."

His comments come after Nicola Sturgeon told parliament earlier today that Glasgow and 10 other areas would enter into tier four lockdown restrictions, the toughest possible rules in the tiered system introduced by the Scottish government.

In tier four, cafes, bars and restaurants will all be required to close as well as non-essential shops, gyms and hairdressers.

Travel is not permitted into or out of Glasgow or the other affected local authorities. 

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The new rules will come into place after 6pm on Friday, November 20 and are up for review three weeks later. 

Speaking today, Ms Sturgeon said: "I know people are frustrated that other restrictions have remained in place longer than planned.

"But level 4 is intended to be short and sharp. And in this situation, it is specifically intended to have an impact in advance of Christmas and the most challenging winter period."