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Short Update: Scottish police use emergency powers disproportionately against poor people

Emergency coronavirus powers have been used by police in Scotland more than 62,000 times. Figures also showed that people living in the most deprived areas were up to 12 times more likely to be given fines for flouting coronavirus restrictions. 

Scotland's most senior police officer revealed the figures at the latest meeting of the Scottish Police Authority, stating that enforcement action was only taken in 4,000 of the 62,000 cases, but only 6% of the 62,000 cases involved fixed penalty notices (FPNs) – fines. 

Of those people who received fines, the likelihood of being issued with a fixed penalty notice was 12 times higher for those living in the 10% most deprived parts of Scotland. 

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