Nicola Sturgeon has blasted so-called ‘selfish’ Covidiots over an illegal rave they attended at a €2,000-a-night Scottish mansion.
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “It’s hard to put into words how utterly irresponsible this kind of behaviour is in current circumstances. It puts people at risk and threatens our progress out of lockdown.” She added:
“Please do not attend house parties just now.”
Police in Scotland raided the party at the plush property in Midlothian after 300 people turned up with the completely oblivious owners told they were renting the house to 10 people, including three children! Apparently, the person who signed the contract had agreed to comply with current coronavirus regulations, including track and trace. A senior officer last night has accused organisers of the rave of having a “blatant disregard” for coronavirus rules on gatherings with one local councillor calling the ravers “selfish and irresponsible.”
A 29-year-old man, thought to be the organiser, was fined on the spot with further charges being considered. The 18th-century house is available to rent on its website. Its listing says the property can accommodate more than 32 people, however, it is believed that 300 revellers turned up on Saturday night.
The owners of the property said in a statement released on Facebook last night, they said: “The man we dealt with seemed very pleasant and we went ahead with the booking and check-in. The booking was hiring Kirkhill for the entire weekend. As owners, we were then sadly contacted at 1.30 am on Sunday by our old neighbours to say there was a huge rave and police were in attendance. We are seeking legal action against the organisers of this event and are devastated as a family that our trust was broken. Not only that, we felt sickened to have to clear up the aftermath and mess left behind. It’s our family home and we didn’t feel safe being there after so many people had been.”
A police source said: “The tickets were being advertised stealthily and shared on private social media pages and WhatsApp, we believe some people paid up to €30 (£25) for a ticket, possibly more. There was no social distancing and a few people were upset that their partying had been interrupted.”
An investigation is underway and the police have not ruled out charges against the organisers. Illegal raves are becoming the norm these days as the youth rebel against lockdown rulings.