A Berwick landlady has been left furious after being threatened with closure by officers policing the city on the day of the Old Firm derby.

There was a heavy police presence on Saturday after Celtic and Rangers followers had been urged to not flock to the world to observe the match.

The two groups locked horns for the primary time this season over the weekend, however with pubs and eating places shut down throughout Scotland’s central belt, there have been fears many have been seeking to journey additional afield to observe the highest of the desk conflict.

Margaret Straughan, licensee of the Brewers Arms, stated in the course of the week she had fielded “lots of” of calls from supporters desperate to catch the motion and had chosen to not show the match.

But on the day itself most supporters appeared to have heeded the warning to remain away.

Although the centre of Berwick was busy with folks for Market Day, only a few soccer followers could possibly be seen within the streets.

Odette Hume, landlady at The Red Lion, stated she had been left feeling intimidated by the heavy police presence.

She informed ChronicleDwell: “I’ve had riot squads in in the present day – very intimidating and threatening to shut us down if we’re over our numbers.

“We have a capability of 60 and we’re at the moment at 42, which is actually not over our numbers. I show each Rangers match, it is a Rangers pub.

“It makes me really feel indignant as a result of Berwick police have been in earlier than they usually’ve at all times been glad with the seating. We don’t have any bother right here.

“There’s been a police automobile outdoors the pub for the final half hour and I simply do not feel comfy.

Police autos patrol Berwick this afternoon as Celtic and Rangers play for the primary time this season.

“I’ve spoken to the chief inspector and expressed considerations about how the police have been dealing with us.

“They stated I should not really feel victimised they usually have been going spherical all of the pubs, nevertheless it would not make sense to have police coming from Sunderland and Gateshead with Covid-19 happening.”

Pubs and eating places are open in different components of Scotland – however can solely serve alcohol outside. The new guidelines have affected 3.4 million folks and can be in power till Friday, October 25.

Speaking in the course of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Friday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon informed followers to not journey to different components of Scotland or to areas in England the place such restrictions aren’t in power.

Ms Sturgeon stated: “I’m afraid that watching soccer, irrespective of how important it’d really feel to some, doesn’t fall into that important class.”

She added: “I’m going to be fairly blunt right here – that is not the largest sacrifice I’ve requested folks to make previously seven months.

“I’m simply going to say to folks – be accountable and, truly extra accurately, do not be deeply irresponsible by making an attempt to flout these guidelines as a result of they’re in place on your safety and for the safety of the folks you’re keen on and care about.”

Source: www.chroniclelive.co.uk


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