Marquess charged with allegedly breaking coronavirus law

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A marquess has been charged with allegedly breaking coronavirus legislation after reportedly travelling to his namesake Scottish island.

Police Scotland launched an investigation following reports on Monday the Marquess of Bute John Crichton-Stuart and six others travelled to the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland.

The marquess has a home in London as well as his ancestral home of Mount Stuart on the island.

A ban on travel to and from Tier 4 areas in England, including London, came into force just after midnight on Sunday, a day after Nicola Sturgeon announced a ban on cross-border travel.

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Mount Stuart house on the Isle of Bute (Mount Stuart House/PA)

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “On Monday December 21 2020, we received a report of a group of people travelling to the Isle of Bute in contravention of alleged breaches under the coronavirus legislation.

“Inquiries were carried out and three men aged 32, 62 and 69 years, and four women aged 21, 29, 60 and 90, have been charged and will be subject of a report to the procurator fiscal.”

The Bute family has been contacted for comment.

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