COVID-19: Marquess of Bute charged for alleged virus rule breach to visit namesake island

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A marquess has been charged with allegedly breaking COVID-19 laws after he reportedly travelled to his namesake Scottish island.

An investigation was launched by Police Scotland after reports on Monday that the Marquess of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart, travelled to the Isle of Bute off the coast of Scotland with six other people.

He has a house in London as well having his ancestral home of Mount Stuart on the Scottish island.

It came after a ban to and from Tier 4 areas in England came into force on Sunday, just a day after an announcement from Nicola Sturgeon that cross-border travel was forbidden.

The Marquess of Bute, 62, is also known as John Colum Bute and is a former F1 driver who drove under the name Johnny Dumfries.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "On Monday December 21 2020, we received a report of a group of people travelling to the Isle of Bute in contravention of alleged breaches under the coronavirus legislation.

"Inquiries were carried out and three men aged 32, 62 and 69 years, and four women aged 21, 29, 60 and 90, have been charged and will be subject of a report to the procurator fiscal."

The Bute family has been contacted for comment.