A MASSIVE party in Bonnybridge was one of more than 300 house gatherings Police Scotland had to break up last weekend.

Officers across Scotland arrested 24 individuals and issued hundreds of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) between Friday, October 30 and Sunday, November 1.

One of the incidents involved a gathering of around 100 people at a party within a rented property in Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

Officers attended shortly after midnight on Saturday, and discovered a 48-seater party bus and several cars parked outside.

A 46-year-old man was charged with a breach of coronavirus regulations and issued with an FPN.

The organiser of the party, a 33-year-old man, was charged with culpable and reckless conduct. He is expected to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Friday, November 27.

The bus driver was also issued with an FPN and enquiries to establish if any further offences occurred are underway.

In the early hours of Sunday, police were also called to a report of a house gathering in the New Town area of Edinburgh.

Thirty students were found to be within a property and all received FPNs.

And in Glasgow, officers issued 64 FPNs and charged a 26-year-old man with culpable and reckless conduct after being called to reports of an illegal Halloween party at a warehouse in Hyde Park Street on Sunday.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said: "Officers dealt with a significant number of calls to house gatherings over the weekend and we have been quite clear that we will enforce the law where necessary, as the public would expect us to do.

"We are not just talking about large parties. The vast majority were smaller groups of different households meeting indoors.

"House gatherings of any size cause the virus to spread and we are asking people to do the right thing and take personal responsibility.

"I fully understand the implications the current restrictions have on our daily lives, but we cannot have people twisting the rules and disregarding the law which is there to stop the spread of coronavirus and help save lives.

"Anyone clearly breaking the law should be in no doubt that they will be met with a robust response from Police Scotland."