Council close path to Cramond Island 'until further notice' after people flout lockdown rules over Easter weekend

A group of people were fined for flouting lockdown measures after they had to be rescued from the island by emergency services on Saturday

Edinburgh City Council has closed the path to Cramond Island ‘until further notice’ after four people were fined for flouting lockdown measures over the Easter weekend.

They sent out a tweet to follows on Sunday to say that the path had been closed, urging everyone to follow government guidance and stay at home during the Easter weekend.

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On their website, the council say that access has been denied for ‘the safety of the public” and it will be closed “until further notice”.

Writing on Twitter, the council said: “We’ve closed access to Cramond Island for the safety of the public + would urge everyone to follow government advice when exercising for the rest of Easter weekend.”

Three men, aged 26, 31 and 32, and a 28-year-old woman were stranded on Cramond Island after being cut off by the tide.

The Lifeboat from South Queensferry was called to rescue them.

The path to Cramond Island has been closed

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 3pm on Saturday, 11 April police received a report of concern for people who were stuck on Cramond Island, Edinburgh.

"Three men, aged 26, 31 and 32, and a 28-year-old woman were issued with fixed penalty notices under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

"Police attended the incident along with colleagues from the coastguard and RNLI."