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Man Arrested For Organising Hogmanay Street Party Outside Nicola Sturgeon's House

Man Arrested For Organising Hogmanay Street Party Outside Nicola Sturgeon's House

The Facebook event which was set up to take place on New Year's Eve has been removed

A man has been arrested for setting up a Facebook event calling for people to attend a Hogmanay street party outside Nicola Sturgeon's home.

Titled 'NYE street party at sturgeon's house', there was a picture of Scotland's First Minister attached where she can be seen on a swing.

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The page now seems to have been removed but police confirmed that a 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged under the Communications Act 2003.

The man has been bailed and is set to appear in court at a later date.

According to STV News, a spokesman for the force said: “A man has been arrested and charged in connection with communications offences.

“He has been released on undertaking to appear at court at a later date.”

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The event was set up after the leader introduced new Covid restrictions relating to pubs, large gatherings and football matches that will impact Hogmanay celebrations.

Sturgeon urged people to 'stay at home as much as possible' until at least the first week of January and announced that live sporting events would be 'effectively spectator-free'.

In Scotland crowds at outdoor public events will be capped at 500 from Boxing Day for at least three weeks.

Numbers at indoor public events are to be limited to 100 standing or 200 seated.

The move has been made to cut down transmission of the Omicron coronavirus variant and because 'large events put an additional burden on emergency services', Ms Sturgeon said.

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For three weeks from January 27, pubs and other venues selling alcohol will be required to offer table service only.

Indoor hospitality and leisure venues will also need to ensure one-metre social distancing between groups of people who are attending together.

Announcing the restrictions, Ms Sturgeon said: “This will of course make sports matches, including football, effectively spectator-free over this three-week period.

“And it will also mean that large-scale Hogmanay celebrations, including that planned here in our capital city, will not proceed.

“I know how disappointing this will be for those looking forward to these events, and for the organisers of them.”

Despite the measures, the First Minister insisted this year’s Christmas will be 'more normal' than last year’s.

“Just a few days before Christmas, I am again urging people to stay at home as much as possible, to slow down a highly infectious new variant,” she said.

“But, although it may not feel like it, we are in a much stronger position than last year.

“We have had far fewer restrictions in place for much of this year than was the case last year.

“Christmas Day will be more normal. Most importantly, a rapidly increasing number of adults is now protected by three doses of vaccine.”

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Topics: News, UK News