Marquess of Bute and daughter charged over alleged lockdown breach


Marquess of Bute, 62, and his socialite daughter, 21, are charged over alleged Tier 4 lockdown breach after travelling to the Scottish island from London

  • Reports suggest John Crichton-Stuart, 62, travelled to the Isle of Bute on Sunday
  • Peer’s normal residence is in London where mutant strain of Covid-19 was found
  • Scottish police have said six others including a 90-year-old woman also charged

The Marquess of Bute and his socialite daughter ‘have been charged over an alleged breach of coronavirus restrictions’.

Six others have also been charged in connection with alleged breaches including a 90-year-old woman.

It is claimed that John Crichton-Stuart, 62, and daughter Lola travelled to the Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute, on Sunday following the announcement of a travel ban, the Scottish Herald reported.

The Marquess of Bute John Crichton-Stuart has reportedly been charged with breaching Covid restrictions by travelling from London to the Isle of Bute on Sunday after travel ban announced

Marquess of Bute's daughter - 21-year-old Lola - reportedly among those charged with breach

Marquess of Bute’s daughter – 21-year-old Lola – reportedly among those charged with breach

The Marquess, former F1 driver Johnny Dumfries, has several properties on the island including Mount Stuart House and a family cottage.

The peer’s normal residence is in London, where a mutant strain of coronavirus has been circulating.

London was plunged into Tier 4 with tough restrictions which required the public to stay in their homes except for specific purposes which includes essential shopping and exercise. 

The public were told not to travel outside Tier 4 areas from 12.01am on Sunday, and Nicola Sturgeon also announced a ban on travel to Scotland.

The peer's usual residence is in London which was plunged into Tier 4 after new strain found

The peer’s usual residence is in London which was plunged into Tier 4 after new strain found

People living in the Tier 4 areas in England flocked to train stations on Saturday night to beat the ban.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘Three men aged 32, 62 and 69 years, and four women aged 21, 29, 60 and 90 have been charged in connection with alleged breaches under the coronavirus legislation and will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal.’

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