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NICOLA STURGEON has been grilled over an increase in police presence on the Scottish border over accusations constituents are "scared" to get essential supplies.

PUBLISHED: 09:01, Sun, Jan 3, 2021 | UPDATED: 09:08, Sun, Jan 3, 2021

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Nicola Sturgeon warned on border guidance by Conservative MSP

Scottish Conservative MSP Rachael Hamilton said constituents were fearful to go out for essential purposes if they take place a few miles across the border in England. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon banned Scots from travelling into England during the festive season. Police Scotland said it would double its presence on the border to enforce the restrictions.

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Speaking in Scottish Parliament, Ms Hamilton said: "For many people in communities across the border such as Paxton, Chirnside and Lamberton - Berwick-upon-Tweed is their nearest town for essential shopping and medical appointments.

"Police Scotland have said they will double their effort along the border.

"Combine this with the coverage in the media, many of my constituents are scared to venture out for essential purposes if it takes place a few miles away in England.

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"I am concerned that elderly people will go without food, essential supplies and medical care because they are fearful of breaking guidance."

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Nicola SturgeonNicola Sturgeon has been grilled over an increase in police presence on the Scottish border (Image: SPTV)

Scotland newsRachael Hamilton explained constituents are fearful to go out for essential purposes (Image: SPTV )

Ms Sturgeon replied: "The guidance and the laws in place right now have been written with the particular circumstances of the borders already in mind.

"That's why I don't think it is necessary to have specific guidance.

"For example, essential shopping that cannot be done in your own

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