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Fyvie residents shocked after minibus offloads group of walkers at castle estate

By David Porter

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Police were called to Fyvie on Sunday afternoon after shocked residents spotted a minibus off loading a group of individuals who were seen heading into the castle grounds.

A group of individuals were spotted heading into the Fyvie Castle estate.
A group of individuals were spotted heading into the Fyvie Castle estate.

Despite restrictions on social contact, residents have also expressed concern over the numbers of people still attempting to access the grounds.

The National Trust took the decision to close all its properties including Fyvie Castle last week.

This included closing all gardens and car parks, along with Culzean Country Park and Brodick Country Park, as well as the grounds of properties such as Crathes and Brodie castles

It followed a busy weekend at some properties last weekend where social distancing guidance was not being followed and the potential threat this was causing to the wellbeing of both visitors and the Trust’s staff.

Staff at Fyvie noted over 20 vehicles in a 15 minute period alone on the Saturday, which prompted a call for people not to visit prior to the full closure.

Similar warnings have been made to residents in Inverurie over accessing the Keithhall Estate while in Ellon and Oldmeldrum concern is still being noted over groups of youths congregating.

Elsewhere in the UK Police have apprehended alleged coronavirus rulebreakers the first since the lockdown measures came into force.

Members of the public have been found holding house parties and on cross-country road trips including one motorist who was stopped on the motorway with his wife in the boot of his car, having made a 224-mile round trip to collect a £15 eBay purchase, despite people only being told to make “essential” journeys.

In Derbyshire, police posted pictures from the 25-person karaoke party they went to break up after giving the participants "strong" advice over their actions.

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