A ten-year-old girl’s birthday party was ruined when two police officers showed up at the house after the family was reported by a neighbor for violating Covid-19 guidelines.
Mother Leanne Macdonald, 36, said she was “shocked” after learning from two officers that she had been reported by a neighbor for letting family members in for her daughter Myla’s birthday on Sunday.
The mother of two said she learned from police that she was “on high alert” and would be fined and charged if she broke the rules again.
She told that Daily record : “I couldn’t believe it. They came to the door and told me that I had been reported because I had people in my house.
“I was shocked. The funny thing is, they actually came into my house to tell me my house was on high alert and if I break the rules again I will be fined and charged.”
“So the police can come into my house but my family can’t?”
Leanne said she was now on the police Covid-19 alert list after celebrating Myla’s birthday at home in Irvine, Ayrshire with partner Gary, 37, and the couple’s youngest daughter, Rylee, two.
She said her parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncles “came by” separately to give brief presents for Myla.
Leanne added that she missed the last update on restrictions because her personal life was busy and assumed she was still allowed to have one household at a time inside.
She said, “I honestly didn’t know the rules had changed. I missed all of this. We weren’t going to have people or anything.
“My grandparents came by with a present for them for 15 minutes, then they left.
“After they left, my aunt and uncle came over to make a present.”
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She added, “My aunt came over to see Myla quickly but my uncle basically stayed outside and a while later my mom and dad came over and my mom came in to see Myla’s balloons but that was it .
“The next thing I knew was that the police were at the door and said someone had reported me because I had six adults and six children in my house at the same time, which absolutely did not happen.”
Leanne said she really regretted the mishap and that she felt “scared” of another accidental violation.
She said, “I’m sorry we broke the rules, it wasn’t our intention.
“They weren’t all inside and they weren’t all here at the same time and we all kept social distance.
“But to be honest, the rules are so confusing and constantly changing that it’s difficult to keep up.
“It feels like we’re completely losing all of our freedoms with this virus, and it feels a bit like they’re making up for it over time.”
“I’m scared now if it happens again and I get prosecuted. There are people out there who actually commit serious crimes and there aren’t enough police to deal with it, but when I get my mother around again, I am accused. “
“I could have booked a restaurant with my parents for Myla’s birthday and sat at the table with them for a few hours, and that would be legal. But they go to my house for 15 minutes to wish their grandchild a happy birthday and I’ve got the police on my door, it’s pretty incredible
“But I know we broke the rules and I’m sorry, but I really thought we could have another household in.”